Fanny BriceFanny Brice was born on October 29, 1891 to Jewish immigrants on New York's East Side. She grew up in Newark, NJ as well as Bergenstreet/St. Mark's Avenue in Brooklyn. As a toddler, Fanny's earliest performances were when she would sing and dance on the billiards table in the free lunch saloon bar owned by her parents.On January 16, 1906 (approx.), Franny performed on stage for the first time during amateur night in Frank Keeney's theater on Fulton Street in Brooklyn. It was on that same stage that Al Jolson performed in his first blackface act in 1904.
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