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Stella’s Stars in Amsterdam 1932 | 20210307


Little star Liesje Poons, 9 years-old, wins the first prize at the masquerade ball (bal masqué) organised by Stella Fontaine in 1932 at the Bellevue theater in Amsterdam, Holland.
A show with costumed children doing acts like imitating an indian, magician, Russian, and dancer Liesje Poons dancing on ‘Dass ist die Liebe der Matrose’. With dutch songs like, ‘In Holland staat een huis’, ‘Waarom zijn de bananen krom’.
Dutch diva Stella Fontaine (Saartje Kanes, 1889-1966) – born in a Jewish Amsterdam family – was a cabaret artist, imitator, actress and singer.
Liesje (Elisabeth Cornelia Poons) born 1 July 1922 in a Jewish Amsterdam family of artists – active in the world of theater and music – became a singer ,  performing eg. July 1940 in the Amsterdam Carré theater, and May 1943 in Leiden (newspaper Leidsche Courant May 8, 1943).

Elisabeth Cornelia (Liesje) Poons at the age of around 6 years, ca. 1928. Source :  Joods Historisch Museum | JCK

References

Biography (dutch) Stella Fontaine :
Canes, Saartje (1889-1966)
Source : Maarten Hell, Canes, Saartje, in: Digitaal Vrouwenlexicon van Nederland. URL: http://resources.huygens.knaw.nl/vrouwenlexicon/lemmata/data/Canes [08/11/2017]

Biography (dutch) STELLA FONTAINE
Source JOODSAMSTERDAM URL: https://www.joodsamsterdam.nl/stella-fontaine/

Biography (dutch) Liesje’s grandmother :
Source : Het levensverhaal van Elise Poons, geboren Van Biene. By Frits Slicht in Verhalen uit Amsterdam Oost. URL: https://geheugenvanoost.amsterdam/page/75765/het-levensverhaal-van-elise-poons-geboren-van-biene-1

Newspaper advertisement with both Liesje Poons and her father Sylvain Poons performing in Operette in the Amsterdam Carré theater July 1940 :
De Boemel Baron CARRÉ Operette | Piet Köhler … Liesje Poons – Sylvain Poons ….
In Nieuwe Amsterdamsche Courant | Algemeen Handelsblad Saturday 6 July 1940
Source : National Library of the Netherlands – Koninklijke Bibliotheek. URL: http://resolver.kb.nl/resolve?urn=KBNRC01:000052467:mpeg21:pdf

Newspaper advertisement with Liesje Poons singing with Dance orchestra of Harry Pohl, May 1943 :
Leiden Stadsgehoorzaal theater Sunday 9 May | Dance orchestra Harrij Pohl with chansonnière Liesje Poons …
Source : Leidsche Courant May 8, 1943, page 3
URL: https://leiden.courant.nu/issue/LC/1943-05-08/edition/0/page/3?query=

Liesje Poons and father Sylvain Poons in Operette Boemelbaron. Source Nieuwe Amsterdamsche Courant | Algemeen Handelsblad Saturday 6 July 1940

Credits

Film source: Polygoontoon (Producer | March 7, 1932) courtesy of Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Open Images).

Stella’s Stars in Amsterdam 1932 | 20210307 | Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg•com | Miracles•Media | CC BY 4.0

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