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Parents of David Belasco (1853-1931)
Posted by: richard brezet (ID *****3284) Date: July 01, 2006 at 19:26:13
In Reply to: David Belasco, theater impresario (1853-1930) by richard brezet of 33

Oops, I ommited the very inofmration about David Belasco's parents that I meant to put in my first reply. Here it is.
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DAVID BELASCO was born in San Francisco, California, on July 25, 1853. His parents, Abraham (Humphrey) and Reina Martin Belasco, had come to California from London in the gold rush.

Belasco grew up in San Francisco and Victoria, British Columbia. He had some experience as a child actor, and from the early 1870s on worked in a number of San Francisco theatres as everything from call boy and script copier to actor, stage manager, and playwright. He paid further theatrical dues in the time he spent as a "theatrical vagabond" (his term), acting in small theatrical companies trouping through the mining camps and frontier settlements of the Pacific Slope. He recited poetry, sang, danced, clowned, painted and built scenery, and played everything from Hamlet (and Gertrude!) to Fagin in Oliver Twist and Topsy in Uncle Tom's Cabin.


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