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Santoro & Marlow

Edward Santoro 1869-1946

 

 Margaret Marlow 1885-1951

 

 Baby Victory 1902-1981

 

 Not every act lasted a lifetime; some performers teamed up for a season or two, then went their separate ways. Santoro & Marlow lasted a bit more than a decade, but as they were married and parents, breaking up the act was not simple.

Santoro & Marlow had entered vaudeville around 1900 as a mixed double. Ed, a former art student and actor, recited and sang while he painted an upside down picture. Margaret sang and tore paper (very popular at the time), pinching and tearing pieces from a folded sheet of paper. They finished together and ED turned his painting right side up as Margaret unfolded a lovely, lacey design.

Ed soloed as a tramp comedian before settling down in Chicago. Margaret worked as a singer in the 1910s and also did a “sister act” with her daughter. Their oldest child, billed as Baby Victory, had been brought into the act when she was three. The public loved cute personable children, but often found them less charming as they struggled through their adolescence. At the same time, Victory no longer found show business charming and longed for a normal child’s life. BY the end of vaudeville, none of the three remained in show business.