• Jessie Shirley
  • Red Skelton
  • Irene Ryan
  • Raph Bellamy
  • Lyle Talbot
  • Ralph Moody
  • Kathy Nolan
  • Melvyn Douglas
  • Clark Gable
  • Jennifer Jones
  • Chill Wills
  • Jeanne Eagels
  • Milburn Stone
  • Warner Baxter
  • Howard Lindsey

Jessie Shirley (1866-1918) with her husband Harry W. Smith opened their own show, The Jessie Shirley-Smith Comedy Company, in 1892. ┬áThe show played opera houses and theatres throughout Iows, Illinois, and Missouri. ┬áChanging the show’s name to the Jessie Shirley Repertoire Company in 1898, they played the west coast from Vancouver, B.C. to San Diego, California.