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Adele Purvis Onri Vintage Burlesque dancer photo 1

Adele Purvis-Onri ...
"The Prettiest Act in Vaudeville," "The Serpentine Dancer," "The Onri Sisters."

Vintage Burlesque and Vaudeville Dancer, Model: Adele Onri. Was a Burlesque, Circus Slack Wire Poser, Jongleuse revolving Globe walker and Serpentine dancer during the 1890's. The Globe dance if you will was a balancing Serpentine act to multi colored lights and water but using a Ball/Globe rather than just veils.

Did a bit of modeling for cabinet photo's. Adele also had a sister named 'Rose Lee Onri' who were known as "The Onri Sisters" and billed as Equalibrists in 1892/3. Some Newspapers reported her act to be: 'Not only Novel but far above the usual run.' Sometimes she was billed as Adele Purvis assisted by Onri¹. Adele died in New York in 1948 at the age of 84². She is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery, Queens, NY.


B/W Photo 1: Miss Adele is seen on this Newsboy Tobacco card on a ball (Globe) that she used with her Globe act with a scarf and tights with ballet slippers. She looks to be wearing a old time nightgown


  • Birth Name: Adele Purvis Onri
  • Birth Date: 1864-6/16/1948
  • Birth Place: England.
  • Married: Walter H. Clark (known as Romolo)
  • Performances: Boston Playhouse (1902) | Electric Park (1908) | Even Stephen (1899) | Hammerstein's Olympia | Kid, the / Kid Company (1894) | Koster & Bial's Music Hall | Lovely Meteor (1893) |
    Lyceum (Atlanta 1901) | New Funke Opera House (1894) | Orpheum Theatre (1895) |


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