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The Johnstones

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The Johnstones were Betty (b. ?) and George Johnstone (1919-2004).

The met as members of the Blackstone troupe in the late 1930s. They were married April 1, 1941, after the evening performance at the Palace Theater in Cleveland, Ohio, with Blackstone as the best man.

Following World War II, they left the Blackstone show and struck out on their own. They designed a silent act suitable for nightclubs. George, after discovering he could do comedy, developed a comic sequence of burlesque magic.

The couple appeared several times on Ed Sullivan’s Toast of the Town, opened for Elvis Presley, worked the Palace Theater in New York, and played the Chez Paree in Chicago.

In 1970, Betty retired from the act and George continued as a single as the couple lived in the Chicago area.

In later years when George began to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease they moved to Burnsville, Minnesota.[1][2]


  1. Linking Ring, October, 2004
  2. MUM, DECEMBER 2012