A singing comedienne who won fame in Henry Dixie's extravaganza "Adonis," Mollie Fuller became one of the familiar Broadway names at the turn of the 20th century as the female half of the "Hallen & Fuller" partnership. Among her more amusing performances was as the feared "new woman" in the musical, "20th Century Girl" (1895), a masculinized woman with bowler, trousers, and cigars. She impressed Boston in 1883 in "Rooms for Rent." The next year Edward Rice introduced her to Broadway in "Adonis."
While playing in "Later On" in 1889, she met Frederick Hallen, then in the partnership Hallen & Hart, fell and love, married, and created the landmark husband and wife vaudeville team. They toured for twenty-five years in sketches. In 1920 Hallen died, and Fuller began to lose her sight. She was discovered in 1922 nearly blind by entertainer friends who engineered her comeback to the stage in skits that enabled her to circumvent her liability. She toured until 1927 with a small troupe performing pocket dramas. David S. Shields/ALS