Karyl Norman, 1897-1947. American


Karyl Norman, real name George Paduzzi, made a very successful New York debut as a female impersonator in May 1919.  He especially enjoyed singing Southern songs and billed himself as the “Creole Fashion Plate”. Behind his back his fellow vaudevillians described him as “The Queer Old Fashion Plate”, a homophobic response to widespread suspicions about his sexual orientation.



Childhood Days. [Sheet music] Music By Henry Creamer, Joe Darcy and Dave Franklin.  New York: Jerome H. Remick, 1922.