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Sam Bernard

Sam Bernard should be famous for one thing if nothing else. Most performers Anglicize their names, usually to make them more easily pronounceable and obscure their ethnic origins, but Sam Bernard changed his from Barnett to Bernard because it seemed more ethnic, specifically German! Like other performers of the era, he switched back and forth between vaudeville and comic opera and burlesks, and played England as well as the USA. A friend of Joe and Lew, he was among the first star names to star with Weber & Fields.