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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 1:23 p.m. PST

"In spite of her tough-little-girl look in the above photo, "generosity and compassion" were the words most often used to describe Lotta Crabtree. Along with her mentor, Lola Montez, Crabtree was one of the most famous entertainers in the American Old West. She was beautiful, charming and charasmatic, but in all fairness, she did owe her success to Montez, who taught Crabtree how to use her charm and develop a bold, beguiling personality. It was serendipity, magic, a toss of the dice that brought these two together. Lola's career was waning when they met, and Crabtree was a child, but this was her fate, to learn from Lola Montez, one of the most famous dancers in America, and perhaps the world. The fact that they were both in small town Green Valley, California at the same time was pure chance, but when Montez met Crabtree it was magic, and what came next is a story that begs to be told.

The importance of the story of Lola Montez and Lotta Crabtree lies in more than their friendship or their talent. These were two women who struggled to build careers during distinctly different periods in the history of the American Old West--the early, wild years belonged to Lola Montez and the later, more refined years of Old West entertainment were ruled by Lotta Crabtree. But they did have much in common, primarily the fact that both women loved to dance and entertain and displayed great talent at a young age…"
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3rd5ODeuce Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 1:59 p.m. PST

It's not Green Valley. It's Grass Valley, CA.

It's where I grew up.

Lotta's and Lola's houses are very close to each other. I have been to both.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2020 12:41 p.m. PST

(smile)

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