Bird Millman 002

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A photo of Bird Millman (1890-1940) Highwire Artiste born "Jenna Dean Engleman" 20 October 1890 in Canon City, Colorado to high wire performing parents Dyke Frank Engleman (1868-1943) and Genevieve Patton (1869-1941). In 1904 the Millman Family Trio of wire walkers toured the Vaudeville stages. By 1913 Bird became a solo premiere attraction with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Bird Millman's first marriage with Harry Underwood in 1909 was annulled. Her second marriage to ticket agent Charles Thomas (1889-) in 1920 ended in a quick divorce. Her third marriage was to military veteran Joseph Francis O'Day (1893-1931) in 1925, who died in 1931 after losing his fortune in the 1929 stock market crash. Devastated and destitute Bird returned to Canon City, Colorado where she died of uterine cancer at the age of 49.

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Bird Millman appeared in The Ziegfeld Follies of 1916 and Ziegfeld's Frolics. In 1920, she performed a specialty number in 'The Deep Purple', a silent film directed by Raoul Walsh (1887-1980).
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Ancient Faces
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"Bird Millman" was her stage name and her entire life seemed like a high-wire act! She certainly was a lovely woman.
Dec 12, 2017 · Reply
She was a beauty
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Nancy Thompson
Really beautiful but what a sad life.
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Jeanne Walsh Heyworth
so beautiful and such a sad life
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Shirley K. Brown
You never see anyone with hair that beautiful any more but in the 50's when I was young all women had lovely hair.
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Esther Evans
I'm not sure where you were living, dear......what I remember from the 50s were all those awful home perms....
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AncientFaces
I remember a friend of my grandmother's who, in the 50's through 80's (until she died), had long, long, beautiful thick white hair that she coiled up in a bun. Now I'm in my 60's, have very thick hair, and keep it just to my shoulders. I don't want to fuss with all of that hair anymore!! :)
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Shirley K. Brown
AncientFaces I’m glad you still have thick hair. I don’t know why but I know no one in my part of Texas that still has really thick hair. You are blessed.
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AncientFaces
Shirley K. Brown Except for all the hair that sheds everywhere! :)
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Shirley K. Brown
I grew up in Houston but we all had a thick and shiny hair, the ones I knew didn't do home perms.
Dec 13, 2017 ·
Esther Evans
AncientFaces Yes....I have long thick hair, and I swear I shed worse than the cat....haha
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Michele E. Lupe
Beautiful.
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Christina Glover
Beautiful x
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Pam Long
Beautiful!
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Eva Legarra
How did she get her hair to stay lile that????
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Tracy Thurman
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Such a Beautiful Face!
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Terri Allen
Pretty lady.
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Leonor Balderrama
PRETTY!!
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Becky Kelly
Beautiful. Love these old picture's.
Dec 12, 2017 · Reply
Susan Hodges Caballero
beautiful
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Dan Mudflap
Cutie pie
Dec 12, 2017 · Reply
Joan McCarty
hard life.
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LeeAnn Duke
She was so lovely but seems to have had a rotten life
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Sheridan Fenwick
BEAUTIFUL..BUT SAD
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Bambi Harper
So pretty
Dec 13, 2017 · Reply
Terry Juhlin
What a difficult life she had with such a sad sad ending...
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Kathy Smith
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So terribly sad.
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Laura Cater
Look at how pretty she is
Dec 14, 2017 · Reply
Toni Gonzales
Beautiful lady
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