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Adine Bouvier

Biography: 

(1878-1916)

A comic opera songstress who specialized in supporting actress roles, including mature woman roles, wives, and costumed matriarchs, Bouvier's heyday occured during the turn of the 20th century. Descendent of the powerful old Bouvier family of St. Louis, the extraordinarily attractive singer entered show business out of necessity, when the family's fortunes declined. She approached DeWolf Hopper, whose comic opera company was playing Manhattan Beach, for a role in John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan." He put her in the chorus, where she distinguished herself as the Peruvian soldier, secured a small part in "Wang," and a featured role in "The Beggar Student." The storm of favorable comment about this last role earned her one of the leads in the Sousa operetta, "The Charlatan." Critics likened her to the young Lillian Russell in her vocal ability, beauty, and charisma. She toured with the Jefferson de Angelis Company, one of the better paying star companies.

In 1904 Bouvier married Tony Faust, of the St. Louis restaurant family associated with the Anheuser Busch brewing dynasty. In 1911 Faust was declared insane, a victim of paresis and she gained control of the restaurant empire. She would only exercise power five years, for she died in 1916.

During her brief career, her finest roles were in "The Toreador," (1903) and "A Royal Rogue" (1901) with comedian de Angelis.

NOTES: "Adine Bouvier, Another St. Louisan of Stage Promise," St. Louis Republic (Mar 19, 1899), 9. David S. Shields/ALS