Trixie Friganza was “one of the great singing comediennes of the first decade of the 20th century.” She acted and sang in theater, vaudeville, and movies.
Her stage name was a combination of the nickname Trixie (which evolved from the earlier nickname Topsy, which was inspired by the Uncle Tom’s Cabin character) and her mother’s maiden name, Friganza.
But I think her original name, Delia O’Callahan, was also quite catchy. (Though I may be partial, as my maiden name was Callahan.)
Which first name do you prefer, Delia or Trixie?
And which first & last combination do you like better?
- Friganza, Trixie. “”Topsy” The Inspiration.” The Green Book Album Sept. 1909: 549.
- Trixie Friganza | Broadway Photographs
Image: Trixie Friganza by C. M. Hayes © David S. Shields/ALS