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Madame Sul-Te-Wan’s Forgotten Brilliant Career

Madame Sul-Te-Wan's Forgotten Brilliant Career

No one knows where the name Madame Sul-Te-Wan came from. It belonged to Nellie Wan, a black vaudeville actress from Louisville who adopted the moniker when she transitioned to film in the mid-1910s. But the origins of her stage name have always been murky. NYU film professor Donald Bogle believes …

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