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Vesta Tilley (1864 - 1952) was one of the highest paid vaudeville performers of her day. She was a world-renowed male impersonator, most famous for playing (with a satirical bent) the roles of somewhat foppish young men. During WWI, Vesta and her family helped considerably with the war effort, running a recruitment drive, selling war bonds, and performing in hospitals. Her husband was knighted for his services. Vesta Tilley was actually her stage name, Tilley as a nickname for Matilda, and Vesta from a brand of safety matches.
-- dollsoldier  8/27/2006
On Sailor Moon, VesVes of the Amazon Quartet's name is derived from this.
-- Hailey2006  4/1/2007
On the TV show 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' Vesta is said to be Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda's other sister. So that makes her Sabrina's other aunt.
-- rory  3/9/2008
In the movie She-Devil, Roseanne Barr's character changes her name to Vesta Rose when she tries to destroy her husband's life.
-- wbbuff  4/17/2015

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