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Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100
“Papa, how could you fire Joe?” Myra Cutler flung her dance shoes into her suitcase. “He was an asset to the show.”
“You’re only off by two letters.” Frank, head of the Cutler Comedy Club, embraced his seventeen-year-old daughter. “All that wastrel has on his mind is my talented baby girl. You’ve no future with him.”
Pulling back, Myra clenched her teeth. “We’re going to be huge Vaudeville stars.”
A year later, in 1895, after a show in Piqua, Kansas, weary from performing, Myra gave birth to the third member of their act—Joseph Frank Keaton—better known as Buster.
For those unfamiliar with silent film star Buster Keaton, here’s a taste of his comedic genius.