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Jeffrey Spivak

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126432

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126432.001.0001

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Actress and Son

Actress and Son

(p.4) 1 Actress and Son

Jeffrey Spivak

University Press of Kentucky

Busby Berkeley William Enos was born on November 29, 1895. His parents were Gertrude Berkeley and Francis Enos. Gertrude returned to the stage soon after giving birth. She found her first marked success in the play The Girl I Left Behind Me. Later, however, the strain of putting on a new production every week, of performing every evening and rehearsing when not performing, was taking its toll on Gertrude. On March 17, 1901, Darkest Russia was staged for the first time as a matinee. Following the evening performance, Gertrude Berkeley Enos lost her mind. Ten months after her mental breakdown, Gertrude recovered. After the death of Francis Enos, Gertrude sent Busby to boarding school over the next couple of years, along with camps in the summer, while she found work touring with various companies.

Keywords:   Gertrude Berkeley, Francis Enos, Busby Berkeley, George Enos, Darkest Russia, paranoia, Woodward Company

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