Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 143
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 143

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
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**ry- "· Remember. . . The Famous Latlips continued a high frame, loops hung from cross bars. Hanging by their feet, the girls "walked" upside down from one end of the frame to the other. None of them ever had a serious fall. Another of their acts was called "One Good Turn Deserves Another." It was acrobatic dancing of a high order with the girls throwing themselves back and forth over each others' heads. During the years of World War I, the Latlips were nationally famous as one of the country's "top acts." On one occasion, when "Cap" was running his show in Boston, D. W. Griffith, a pioneer in the then infant motion picture industry, produced one of his silent movies on "Cap's" Midway. He brought with him Charlie Chaplin. Douglas Fairbanks, and Mary Pickford. The Nov. 18, 1916 issue of Bill- ~ board used "Cap" Latlip's photo on its front cover -- the first actor ever to be so honored. Sixteen years later, in 1932, Billboard conducted a poll that revealed the Latlip Family was the most outstanding "Outdoor Performing Act" in the U.S. In 1935, during an engagement in Gallipolis and Chesapeake, Ohio, the Latlips were involved in a car wreck and Rita, the oldest daughter, was killed. It was a blow that "Cap" never really got over. Indeed, it was a shock to the whole family, but it was not the end of the Latlips as entertainers. During the "big band" era, the Latlip girls performed with such famous bands as Benny Goodman, and Shep .. Fields among others. In New York, they played the Palace Theater with Judy Garland's shows. Where are they now? Today, one of the twins is married and lives in Florida. The other, also married, lives in Pennsylvania. Ida May is Mrs. Harold Dent and lives in Charleston. Virginia ("Ginger") was married in 1943 to William Picozzi and lives in the old Latlip home on Charleston's West Side. They are the parents of Mrs. Connie Nelson, who operates Connie's Studio of Dance in Charleston, and William "Bill" Jr., who operates the Bill Picozzi Talent Agency in Charleston. D a v i d , the o n l y son born to "Cap" and Lady Marian, lives in the South Charleston area. Mrs. Ida May Dent carries on some of her father's work by providing shows and carnivals with cotton candy and other goodies. "Cap" died in 1943; Lady Marian in 1963. They are buried beside Rita in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in South Charleston. The Latlip home place is filled with reminders of the old days and Virginia has many photos of their shows, acts and "Cap." She has handbills that were given out in the old days showing "Cap," Lady M a r i a n , and the l i t t l e girls. "Cap's" Billboard cover is framed and hangs on the wall. t" r 4mCHARLESTON. W.VA. "Cap" Lallip poised for one of his high dives. When he was 27years old, he set a ivorld record by diving 112 feel. June 20. 1976, Sunday Gazette-Mail

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