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 Trixie Friganza

Trixie Friganza

Birth
Grenola, Elk County, Kansas, USA
Death 27 Feb 1955 (aged 84)
La Canada Flintridge, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section C, Lot 759, Friganza Mausoleum crypt 2
Memorial ID 5247 · View Source
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Entertainer. Exuberant, plus-size comedian. Born Delia O'Callahan in Grenola, Kansas, she took her mother's maiden name for her stage debut as a chorus girl in 1889. She scored her first lead role in the musical comedy "The Little Joker" (1894) and went on to star in the hit Broadway shows "The Belle of Bohemia" (1900), "Sally In Our Alley" (1903), and "The Orchid" (1906). In her younger days Friganza was slender and even played roles in boy drag, but as her weight grew to nearly 200 lbs. she developed a self-deprecating (and these days, politically incorrect) routine that centered on her figure, which she described as "a perfect forty-six". (A typical Friganza joke: "How does a fat woman do the shimmy? She walks fast and then stops"). From 1906 to 1932 she was a popular solo act in Vaudeville and she later had character roles in several films, among them "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" (1928), "The Unholy Three" (1930), and "A Star Is Born" (1937). Although she often spoofed herself as being homely, single, and desperate for a man, Friganza was quite a beauty who in real life married three times and had many lovers. Advancing arthritis ended her career in 1940. She retired to a convent, the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Flintridge, California, to which she left her considerable fortune.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Added: 29 Apr 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5247
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Trixie Friganza (25 Nov 1870–27 Feb 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5247, citing Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .