NEIL BURGESS: Born in Boston, 1846-1909.
First appearance with Spalding`s "Bell Ringers" in 1865. The illness of one of the company compelled his taking a female part and his career of female characters followed. Betsy Puffy in "Vim" was his first hit as a female character. The "Widow Bedott" ran for over 10 years. He then produced his famous "County Fair" and the "Odd Miss Podd".