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||Mary Cherie Valentine Birdwell |
||19 Jan 1900
||Malakoff, Henderson Co., TX
||President Hotel, New York, NY
- Name: Mary Cherie Valentine Birdwell
Birth Date: 19 Jan 1900
Birthplace: , Henderson, Texas
Father's Name: Russell J. Birdwell
Mother's Name: Lela Mitcham Birdwell
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C59273-4
System Origin: Texas-EASy
Source Film Number: 1481004
Reference Number: 2:253HQK3
Collection: Texas Births and Christenings, 1840-1981
- Bdate in question
Glass Bucket Club Presents
Spectacular Floor Show
Before Big Audience
Cherie Valentine Excels In
Her Unusual Numbers:
Comedy And Songs
Lilting music, hilarious comedy, spectacular setting and costumes, were the ingredients of the new revue which had its premiere last night at the Glass Bucket Club.
There, surrounded by an audience of brilliance, commensurate with their talents, Cherie Valentine,
Jimmy Givens and Ann Karol, and Muriel Harrison, the entertainers who arrived here on Sunday from New York,
began a limited engagement which will present them nightly at this popular after dark resort.
The place was crowded and the first night patrons included many people prominent in the social life of the community.
Bigger and better than any other floor show presented in Jamaica ever, the revue, met with the thundering applause of the vast audience . The management of the Club has indeed brought down from the States four entertainers
who proved themselves last night to be talented artists.
THE SONG AND DANCE GIRL
Muriel Harrison, a song and dance girl, formerly of "George White's "Scandals" who recently completed a successful engagement at the Roosevelt Roof Gardens, one of New York's bright after theatre spots; opened the Show with a bang . She appeared first singing "Pop goes my heart" and later put over in fine style: "If I had a Million Dollars" and
"Hands across the table", all new melodic song hits Broadway is now humming.
This clever blonde possesses a voice indeed pleasant, and charming personality that is sure to bring her an\
increasing number of admirers . Her modern dancing achieves a high standard of style and artfulness.
Jimmy Givens and Ann Karol are a musical comedy team that patrons of the prominent night spots of Broadway know well —a team who as they say in America certainly can "shoot the works." Jimmy was Master of Ceremonies of the Show and in this role he was quite clever too. Aided and abetted by his partner they kept the audience in a merry mood throughout
their two and entertaining acts, performed before a bright and beautiful back ground. Their songs, spicy and humorous,
were sandwiched with a little antics, which contributed to the fun.
ARTISTIC & UNUSUAL DANCES
Then we come to the headline of the Show Cherie Valentine, a favourite of Jamaicans . This international
dancer returns with an entirely new repertoire of the same type of artistic dancing which so delighted everyone here on her last visit on which she was accompanied by her sister.
Since her last appearance here, Cherie has been applauded through out the United States and Mexico
as one of the most popular dancers of the day. Her dances have furnished inspiration for many lesser artistes.
Miss Valentine presented three most unusual and spectacular dances—the Toe Number done to
the music of the Coconuts, the Bubble Dance and the Green Jade Dance.
This Green Jade Dance is a highly artistic one . Miss Valentine appears like a Chinese statue carved in green jade and the dance is symbolic of Oriental acrobatics. It has never been done before outside of America . To serve as an effective background, a magnificent musical score. "Waltz of China" was specially composed for the dance.
THE BUBBLE DANCE
Her Bubble Dance is charming. It was created, by Cherie herself; & the iridescent balloons used in this
number are prized highly and treated with the greatest of care in as much as they are reputed to cost Five Guineas apiece.
The dancer appears from the shadows of the darkened floor and the spotlight turned on her reveals
her charming figure under pleasingly dark hair. Then she proceeds, with her iridescent bubble of unbelievable
size, to perform one of the most artistic dances conceivable, like a dream in its beauty.
The Toe Dance—or the Dance of the Coconuts —was created for her by Alexis, former teacher to the
Royal Family of Russia and considered to be the best ballet dancer in the world today. Her costume for his number is an unusual creation from the temperamental hands of one of America's most famous coutouriers . In this dance Miss
Valentine displays that lightness of movement which is characteristic of the true artiste and performs a series of most difficult acrobatic feats .
Dan Williams and his Rhythm Raiders provided the music for the show and for dancing.
THE DAILY GLEANER
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1935.
Kingston, Jamaica 
- Miss Valentine Is
Visitor To Laredo
Miss Cherie Valentine, of the vaudeville
team The Valentine Sisters, is
in Laredo for a few days.. Miss
Valentine is remembered by hundreds
in Laredo and this section, for her
performances at the Bohemian Club,
In Nuevo Laredo. Miss Valentine is
here from New York and will return
sometime this week. 
- NOTED DANCERS TO
APPEAR AT THE RIALTO
Miss Cherie Valentine and her part,
ners, Miss Dorothea Birdwell, who are
known as the International French
ballet dancers, have been engaged for
one performance at the Rialto theatre
next Tuesday evening at 8.30.
The novel dancing act has just completed
A successful tour of Mexico,
playing the leading theaters. The
team, will give a series of interpretative
dances. Their performance consists
of jazz, eccentric and, classical
dances, including the "jarobe,", the famous
and popular dance of Mexico.
- Patrons of the tea and dinner dances at Raffles Hotel will be happy to learn that the management has succeeded in extending for the whole of the present month the engagement of those two charming young dancers, Cherie Valentine and Tomasita Birdwell who have proved so great an attraction for the past five weeks. Young, dainty and graceful, these two young ladies are—very literal1y— dancing their way around the world. Both are spirited and graceful, and should there be anybody in Singapore who has not as yet seen them, he is advised to make a speedy journey to Raffles. Miss Valentine has achieved fame as one of the principal dancers at the Mexican National Theatre, Mexico City, while she has also played throughout the United States, in Paris and in other European cities.
The Straits Times – Singapore
9 March 1928
||Extended Families of Childress
||8 Jun 2020 |
||Russell J Birdwell, b. 6 Nov 1876, Johnson Co., TX , d. 20 Jun 1916 (Age 39 years) |
||Lela Julia Mitcham, b. 16 Nov 1883, Malakoff, Henderson Co., TX , d. 25 Jan 1971, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Ca (Age 87 years) |
||14 Sep 1898
||Henderson Co., TX
- [S450] Texas Births and Christenings, 1840-1981.
- [S808] The Daily Gleaner - Kingston, Jamaica, 28 Feb 1935.
- [S809] Laredo Times, 1 Apr 1934.
- [S810] Deming Headlight - Deming, NM, 28 Jul 1922.
- [S816] The Straits Times, 9 Mar 1928.