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Belle Montrose

Belle Montrose and Steve Allen performing together in Las Vegas in 1961
Personal information
Birth nameIsabelle Donohue
Birth dateApril 23, 1886
Place of birthIllinois, United States
Date of deathOctober 26, 1964(age 78)
Death placeHollywood, California,
United States
ChildrenSteve Allen

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Belle Montrose, born Isabelle Donohue in Illinois, (April 23, 1886 - October 26, 1964) was an Irish-American actress and vaudeville performer. She appeared on stage with her husband Carroll Abler (stage name: Billy Allen, 1888 1923) in the comedy team of Allen and Montrose (with Allen as the straight man), touring with the Orpheum vaudeville circuit.

On December 26, 1921, Montrose and Carroll Abler became the parents of Steve Allen. After Carroll Abler died in 1923, young Steve Allen began living with the Montrose family on Chicago's South Side, near New Hyde Park, while his mother toured. After Carroll's death, Belle continued in vaudeville, working as a solo act and with other comedians. In 1925, the 17-year-old comedian Milton Berle toured with Montrose.

Years later, Steve Allen wrote about her in his memoir, Mark It and Strike It: An Autobiography (1960).

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