A replica of the 1880’s Birdcage Theatre (Tombstone, AZ) was built in Ghost Town of Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, California in 1954. I can remember seeing these pictures hung in the exterior lobby when I was a teenager. It wasn’t until 1969 that I became aware of who actress Nance O’Neil was and her relatively brief friendship with Lizzie Borden.
These pictures have hung at the Birdcage Theatre for 57 years.
The following image is of Nance O’Neil taken from a group photo which follows. The brief little write up below her photograph makes no mention of her connection to Lizzie Borden.
Nance O’Neil had a relatively brief friendship with Lizzie. Their friendship ended about time Emma moved out – resulting in Lizzie have perceiving a grevious “double betrayal”. Once betrayed, Lizzie was not known to make amends.
More of my posts on Nance O’Neil can be found at these links. .