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One of the most famous, born Antonio Auriemma in Naples Italy
recently found the sheet music below, from 1913, showing "Auriema"
and despite the slight
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below, circa 1903
reference below indicates Renault WAS performing under the name Auriemma in 1913
and Avery Willard's thorough 1971 book also ties together , as performers, Auriema and Francis Renault
two clippings below, seems likely "Antonio" Auriemma, boy
soprano, became the female impersonator.
the "Mrs. McKinley" referred to was wife of President William
Below, earliest clipping
I found, 1915, naming Francis Renault
left, mention of his NYC "Club Renault"
Below, just a few months before his death on 5/29/55
And I have MUCH more of her, inclucing a bio, in another section, click below
more on Francis Renault see my section on this book,