RENE, ROY (known by his stage name, "Mo"; 1891–1954), Australian comedian. Born Henry Vande Sluice in Adelaide,
Probably the most popular Australian comedian of his time, Mo spoke in an exaggerated "Jewish" lisp and was famous for his risqué material which often sailed close to the wind of Australia's strict laws. Many visiting celebrities, including Jack *Benny, said that he was among the best comedians they had ever seen, and urged Mo to try his luck in Hollywood, but he never left Australia. In private life, plagued by ill health, he was often a sad figure. He wrote an autobiography, Mo's Memoirs (1945).
F.H. Parsons, A Man Called Mo (1973); ADB, 11, 360–61.
[William D. Rubinstein (2nd ed.)]
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