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18231840-18551857, Oct 20
an Irish-American dancer and blackface minstrel performer. Diamond entered show business at age 17 and soon came to the attention of circus promoter P. T. Barnum. In less than a year, Diamond and Barnum had a falling-out, and Diamond left to perform with other blackface performers. Diamond's dance style merged elements of English, Irish, and African dance. For the most part, he performed in blackface and sang popular minstrel tunes or accompanied a singer or instrumentalist. Diamond's movements emphasized lower-body movements and rapid footwork with little movement above the waist.
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John Diamond18231840
 
18551857, Oct 20

Thomas Moore1779, May 281795
 
18461852, Feb 25
 an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of The Min...
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 the first female Chinese immigrant to the United States. In 1834, Moy was brought from her hometo...
Country McCleesterunknown1841
 
 
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Jules Perrot1810, Aug 181830
 
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 a dancer and choreographer who later became Balletmaster of the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg...
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 an American chef and creator of the “ potato chip.” He worked as a hunter, guide, and cook in...
George L. Aiken1830, Dec 191852
 
18671876, Apr 27
 a nineteenth-century American playwright and actor who is best known for writing the most popular...
Stephen C. Massettunknown1840
 
1869unknown
 San Francisco's first entertainer, Stephen C. Massett, was the true Bohemian type. He was an arti...
Dion Boucicault1820/22, Dec 261834
 
18851890, Sep 18
 an Irish actor and playwright famed for his melodramas. His first play, A Legend of the Devil's D...
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