These materials, collected by Jack Denslow, document the life of Henrique Vivian Messetti, a writer, performer, and member
of a vaudeville-circus family active during the 1920's-1940's. Messetti was born on September 5, 1918 in Spain where his parents
were performing. Upon the family's return to the United States, Los Angeles became their permanent residence. Messetti began
appearing on the stage at the age of four. Most of his work was in vaudeville/circus productions although he also claimed
to have performed in a few motion picture serials. In later years he dropped his first name while continuing as a female impersonator.
He was with, among others, the touring Messett's Great Road Show, Little Eva's Temptation Company, and F.A. Cunningham's Kick
High Musical Circus. The majority of the collection contains Messetti's incoming and outgoing correspondence.
Jack Denslow (1944-) was born in Tacoma, Washington and spent his early years in Hawaii and his high school years in Oklahoma.
He earned a B.A. in Psychology, a B.S. in Computer Science, and an M.A. in Mythology, and has spent his career working in
the technology field.
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