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Portrait of Grace La Rue with Patterned Wall
Grace La Rue was an American actress, singer, and vaudeville headliner. Grace La Rue was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1882 to Mrs. Lucy L. Parsons. La Rue was a stage name as it was more exotic sounding than her original surname of Parsons. She began her career as part of the team Burke and La Rue with her first husband Charles Burke. One of their numbers was a minstrel piece entitled "Grace La Rue and her Inky Dinks." She soon broke away from the act, and Burke, to appear in musical comedy. She is pictured in this three-quarter length photograph adorned in a heavily beaded, flapper-inspired satin dress. She poses with one hand on her hip and the other lifting her string of pearls from her chest. She looks away from the camera revealing a serious and poised profile.