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Irving L. Foy

Male 1908 - 2003

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  • Birth  26 Aug 1908  New Rochelle, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  1920  New Rochelle Ward 2, Westchester, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation  Vaudeville, 7 little Foys 
    Died  20 Apr 2003  Alberquerque, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  20 Apr 2003  Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 2003 Irving Foy, vaudeville performer (Seven Little Foys), died of complications from a fall, 94 years old.Irving Foy / Last surviving member of 'Seven Little Foys'Legendary family vaudeville act enjoyed many fans in PittsburghFriday, April 25, 2003By The Associated PressIrving Foy, the youngest and last survivor of the famed 'Seven LittleFoys' vaudeville act, has died. He was 94.Mr. Foy fell March 31 and broke his collarbone. He died Sunday at anassisted living center in New Mexico.Mr. Foy joined his parents, brothers and sisters in the act 'Eddie FoySr. and the Seven Little Foys' that crisscrossed the country from 1912to 1928. His father had been a famous solo entertainer for years beforebringing his family into the act.The other six siblings were Brian, Charlie, Dick, Eddie, Mary andMadeline. Madeline died in 1988, leaving her brother as the act's onlyremaining survivor.The Foys performed their singing, dancing and slapstick comedy from NewYork City's Palace Theater to the Los Angeles Orpheus Theater. Theyshared billing with such luminaries as Milton Berle, Red Skelton, JackBenny, Jimmy Durante, Buffalo Bill Cody and Annie Oakley.The family's story was retold in the 1955 film 'The Seven Little Foys,'starring Bob Hope as Eddie Sr. and James Cagney as showman George M.Cohan.Eddie Foy Sr. died in 1928, but Irving and several of his familymembers continued their entertainment careers, said Frank Foy, IrvingFoy's son. The best known were Eddie Foy Jr., who was in a number offilms, sometimes playing his own father in biographies such as 'YankeeDoodle Dandy,' and Bryan Foy, who was active as a producer anddirector.Irving Foy moved to New Mexico in 1944 to recover from tuberculosis. Heran three movie theaters in Albuquerque until 1952, when the familymoved to Taos. There, Mr. Foy managed a drive-in movie theater andlater operated an ice cream parlor.He returned to Albuquerque in 1958, working as a maitre d' at a supperclub and as a bartender.'He was very proud of the family and their early working career, but hedownplayed it constantly after he moved to Albuquerque,' Frank Foysaid. [3, 4]
    Person ID  I213  Sanders
    Last Modified  21 Oct 2008 

    Father  Edwin 'Eddie' Fitzgerald aka Foy,   b. 9 Mar 1856 or 1860, Greenwich Village, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1928, Kansas City, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Madeline Morando,   b. Sep 1868, Torino, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1918 
    Married  1895 
    Family ID  F62  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S173] 1920 US Federal Census.
      BD: abt 1910

    2. [S173] 1920 US Federal Census.

    3. [S9] Irving Foy of 7 Little Foys.

    4. [S16] Irving Foy, Dies.