Bert Williams, first black to star in the Ziegfeld Follies.
BERT WILLIAMS, vaudevillian (1874-1922)
One of the first African-American Menu Text African American performers to attain Broadway celebrity and the first to star in the popular Ziegfeld Follies, singer/comedian Bert Williams was much loved by audiences and greatly respected by his colleagues. As a young man, Williams honed his skills in minstrel shows and variety clubs in San Francisco, where he met his partner, George Walker.
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