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102-Year-Old Vaudevillian Dies

July 10, 1988

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Edwina Barry, who shared billing with such top vaudeville stars as Sophie Tucker, Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson and Harry Lauder, has died of pneumonia complicated by a heart ailment. She was 102.

Miss Barry, who left no survivors, died Thursday. A June 29 birthday celebration for her had to be canceled when she fell ill, said Actors Fund spokesman Dale Olson.

Miss Barry was born July 3, 1886 in Boston, the daughter of the manager of the Howard Theater.

After attending the Sisters of Notre Dame Convent, she began theatrical training, appearing in stock companies playing boy’s parts, then as an ingenue.

Her first starring role was in Porter J. White’s ″Faust,″ followed by ″The Home Breaker,″ written by her brother.

During World War I, she appeared in Europe, South Africa and Australia. She had her own radio talk show in the late 1940s in Shanghai and wrote columns for American newspapers.

At Miss Barry’s request, there were no services.

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