The last history blog told the story of Laura Woolwine who became Laura Bellini, a famous opera singer.
Laura was not the only star in the Woolwine family. Her younger sister, Dolly, became a stage star in the "Gay 90's".
Dolly was born in 1861 after the family moved from
The Woolwine family moved to
After training with Modjeska, Woolwine joined an acting company led by Nobles.
Milton Nobles and Dolly Woolwine were married in 1880. Nobles gave his bride, as a wedding gift, a fully furnished home at
Nobles, immediately after their marriage, wrote a stage play, "Love and Law" to present his wife to the public. She was an instant success. Milton & Dolly gained considerable fame both in Broadway plays and on tour. As melodramas waned in popularity, the couple made a transition to vaudeville.
A vaudeville program was made up of a series of separate unrelated acts.
Benjamin Franklin Keith, a theatre owner, is credited with bringing vaudeville to the
A New York Times article in May 30, 1903 said of them: "…the pair once again demonstrate their ability in the line of farce. Both Nobles and his wife have the rare faculty of so blending the serious and the comic that the right note of burlesque is obtained.."
Later in life
The Nobles had two children: Milton Jr. and "Dolly Junior". Milton Jr. was an actor and "Dolly Junior" a pianist.
When performing in
The Center also has numerous photos of the Nobles and Bellini and a copy of the book "Shop Talk" authored by Milton Nobles.