Recently Robert C. Ruark, nationally
known columnist and author, wrote a lengthy article a bout "Bricktop".
Ruark says red-headed freckle-faced "Bricktop" was the Queen of Paris in
the roaring 20's, where in 1924 she opened a world famous club in which
she sang many songs in fractured French, smoked big black cigars, and
could drink all the brandy customers would buy her. To her place
came the world's great, the kings, the queens, the writers, composers,
poets, the politicians, the rich, the big business men. "Bricktop's"
place was chic and the place to go. Ruark said "Bricktop" told him
she judge the success of a night by the number of kings in the house.
One night she had five kings and the Prince of Wales.
In 1951 she left Paris for Rome and
there she became equally successful. To here place near Hotel
Excelsior came the resident Romans, the tourists, and the foreign colony.
Ada Smith has become a Catholic convert, and is devout. She has been
very active in charities for Italian orphans. The last three Popes
knew "Bricktop" and granted here semi-private audiences.
Ruark says that now "Bricktop's"
liver is going back on here, and she is tired of staying up all night. She must be more that 75. Besides, kings and queens are getting
scarce, so "Bricktop" has closed up here Roman place. She plans to
return to the United States and open a small cocktail lounge in New Your
probably, or San Francisco, and go to bed early.