Trixie Friganza

Born Nov 29, 1870

Trixie Friganza, born Delia O’Callaghan, began her career as an operetta soubrette, working her way from the chorus to starring in musical comedies to having her own feature act on the vaudeville circuit. She transitioned to film in the early 1920s mostly playing small characters that were quirky and comedic and retired from the stage in 1940 due to health concerns.… Read More

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1870 Birth Born on November 29, 1870.


1899 28 Years Old Her first marriage was to an unknown man in the late 1890s and newspapers reported that she was divorced from this “John Doe” in September 1899.


1901 30 Years Old Her second marriage, which took place during the summer of 1901, was to a Dr. Barry, the physician hired aboard the steamship Bohemian, upon which the cast sailed from Boston. … Read More
1905 34 Years Old Trixie Friganza easily made the transition from musical comedy to vaudeville though her first vaudeville appearance is a contested matter. The newspaper, Brooklyn Eagle claims that her debut was at Keeney’s Theatre, May 6, 1905, whereas the Encyclopedia of Vaudeville lists her first appearance at the Hammerstein’s Theatre in New York City, in the summer of 1906. … Read More
1909 38 Years Old On August 20, 1909, tabloids reported that Trixie was to be engaged to Nat M. Wills, but nothing more was said of this and she did not in fact marry the man.


1912 41 Years Old Her third marriage, taking place in New York on March 10, 1912, was to her manager, Charles A. Goettler.
1914 43 Years Old She filed for a divorce in the summer of 1914 on the grounds of “failure to provide” and “cruelty”. … Read More


1940 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Trixie Friganza suffered from arthritis beginning in the 1930s and because of it by 1940 could no longer work in Hollywood or on stage.
1955 84 Years Old Despite her popularity, theatrical achievements and astounding record of stage and cinematic productions, which rivaled male comic greats such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, she died in relative obscurity in Flintridge at the age of 84 on February 27, 1955. … Read More
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