Artie Hall

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Artie Hall
Artie Hall.jpg
Cover to 1906 "Jessamine" sheet music
Born c. 1881
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died April 18, 1906
San Francisco, California, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Vaudeville performer

Artie Hall (c. 1881–1906) was an American vaudeville singer and actress, known for her blackface performances as a coon shouter. She was a "petite vocalist with a strong voice".[1] Her most successful role was Topsy in Willian A. Brady's version of Uncle Tom's Cabin. A controversial part of her act was the removal of a glove to reveal her white skin at the end of a song.[2] She died in the collapse of the Orpheum Theater during the April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake.[3]

Her sister, Pauline des Landes (known professionally as Bonita) was also a vaudeville actress.[4]


  1. ^ Armond Fields (2007). Tony Pastor, father of vaudeville. McFarland. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-7864-3054-3. 
  2. ^ Lynn Abbott; Doug Seroff (2007). Ragged But Right: Black Travelling Shows, "Coon Songs", and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 17–20. ISBN 978-1-57806-901-9. 
  3. ^ "Artie Hall is killed". New York Times. April 21, 1906. 
  4. ^ Frank Cullen; Florence Hackman; Donald McNeilly (2007). Vaudeville, old and new. Routledge. p. 499. ISBN 978-0-415-93853-2. 

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