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Alfred Cheney Johnston & The Ziegfeld Girls
 
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D'Algy, Helena:

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Helena D'Algy performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1923 (also the Summer Edition).


D'Arle, Yvonne:

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Yvonne D'Arle performed in Ziegfeld's 1928 opera The Three Musketeers.


D'Herlys, Simone (aka D'Herlys, Semone):

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Simone D'Herlys performed as Cleopatra in Ziegfeld's musical The Century Girl (1916-1917) and in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1919. She also performed in Ziegfeld's musicals Dance And Grow Thin (1917) and Miss 1917 (1917-1918). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball of 1918 and in the Midnight Frolic of July 29, 1918.


Dahl, Gertrude: [ACJ]

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Gertrude Dahl performed in Ziegfeld's musicals Show Girl (1929) and Smiles (1930-1931).


Dakin, Beatrice (aka Dakin, Babe): [ACJ]

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Beatrice 'Babe' Dakin performed in the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of 1919 (Sept 22 edition). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of March 8, 1920 (aka Ziegfeld Girls of 1920) and Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Frolic of 1920 (May 31 edition).


Dale, Ethel:

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Ethel Dale performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1923 (Summer Edition). According to an article in Hot Dog magazine, February 1925, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925.


Dale, Margaret:

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Margaret Dale performed in the Ziegfeld musical Rosalie (1928).


Daly, Katherine: [ACJ]

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Katherine Daly performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1911 and 1913 and in Ziegfeld's musical Over The River (1913). Although not listed on ibdb, I have an image indicating she performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1918.


Dalton, Dorothy: [ACJ]

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(September 22, 1893 - April 13, 1972) Dorothy Dalton performed on Broadway from 1919-1920. She also performed in films from 1914-1924.


Daniels, Bebe: [ACJ]

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(January 14, 1901 - March 16, 1971) Bebe Daniels was a famous film star who performed from 1910-1955.


Darby, Myrna: [ACJ]

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Dr. Macro's Annex (pics 01 - 07) and Dr. Macro's Annex (pics 04 & 05, 3rd from left)

Myrna Darby performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927 and Ziegfeld's musical comedies No Foolin' (1926), Rio Rita (1927), and Whoopee (1928-1929). Although not listed in the ibdb, according to the theater programs she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925 (Jan 1926, Forrest Theatre, Phil PA) and in Ziegfeld's musical Rosalie (1928).


Darling, Elizabeth: [ACJ]

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Elizabeth Darling performed on Broadway from 1919-1928.


Davies, Ethel:

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Ethel Davies performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1915 and in Ziegfeld's musical revue Dance And Grow Thin (1917). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball of 1918.


Davies, Margaret: [ACJ]

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Margaret Davies performed on Broadway from 1920-1924.


Davies, Marion: [ACJ]

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Dr. Macro's Annex (pic 02)

(January 3, 1897 - September 23, 1961) Marion Davies performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1916 and Ziegfeld's musical Miss 1917 (1917-1918).


Davis, Bessie McCoy (aka McCoy, Bessie):

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(1888 - August 16, 1931) Bessie McCoy Davis performed in Ziegfeld's musicals Mam'selle Napoleon (1903-1904) and Miss 1917. She also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1911. She won stage fame as the Yama-Yama Girl in The Three Twins in 1908.


Davis, M.: [ACJ]

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Davis, Mae:

Mae Davis performed in the Ziegfeld Follies c.1920s.


Davis, Mildred: [ACJ]

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(February 22, 1901 - August 18, 1969) Mildred Davis was a famous silent film star and wife of silent film star Harold Lloyd. She performed in films from 1916-1927 then again in 1949.


Daw, Mae: [ACJ]

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Mae Daw performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922 and 1924 and in the Ziegfeld musical Sally (1923).


Daw, Marjorie: [ACJ]

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(January 19, 1902 - March 18, 1979) Marjorie Daw was a silent film star who performed from 1914-1927.


Dawn, Eleanor:

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Eleanor Dawn performed on Broadway from 1920-1941. Although not listed on ibdb, it is likely she also performed in some as of yet undetermined Ziegfeld production, possibly a Midnight Frolic.


Dawn, Hazel:

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Hazel Dawn performed in Ziegfeld's musical The Century Girl (1916-1917).


Day, Shannon: [ACJ]

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Although not listed on ibdb.com, the NY Times says: "Shannon Day had brown hair and deep blue eyes. Of course, the color of her eyes - a major attraction when she was a Ziegfeld showgirl - was lost to cinema audiences... A veteran of both the Follies and Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic, Day had begun her screen career in 1920 and ended it with Hotel Variety (1933)."


Day, Sylvia [no pics]

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Sylvia Day performed in the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of September 22, 1919.


De Marco, Renee:

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Renee De Marco performed in Ziegfeld's musical Hot-Cha! (1932).


De Remer, Rubye (aka DeRemer, Rubye): [ACJ]

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Dr. Macro's Annex (pics 01 - 03)

(January 9, 1892 - March 18, 1984) Although Rubye De Remer is not listed on ibdb, Broadway Photographs says "She won a place in the 1917 'Ziegfeld Follies' and became one of the featured girls in the 1918 Midnight Frolic."


De Witt, Daisy (aka DeWitte, Daisey): [ACJ]

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According to the theatre programs, Daisy De Witt performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of November 26, 1917 and in the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball (1918). Her pics are usually named Daisy Dewitt.


Dean, Barbara: [ACJ]

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Info from member stanwong paraphrased from Bob's JAB book: "She was a private secretary who seem enamored with the photos Mr. Johnston took of the Ziegfeld girls. She went to his studio and paid him a tidy sum for a photo portfolio. It seemed Mr. Johnston thought of Ms. Dean as one of the most beautiful women he had ever seen in New York. It's possible he asked her if he could publicize her photos to the public. The shy Ms. Dean said "no" and made Mr. Johnston swear to never release any of their studio photos. Well, alas, with the death of Mr. Johnston in 1971...we finally have pictures of the beautiful N.Y. secretary, Barbara Dean, to enjoy in the 21st century!!!"

Barbara Dean performed in Ziegfeld's musical comedy Sally (1920-1922).


Dell, Claudia: [ACJ]

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Dr. Macro's Annex (pics 01 & 02)

(January 10, 1909 - September 5, 1977) Claudia Dell performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927 and in Ziegfeld's Rosalie (1928).


Dell, Dorothy:

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(January 30, 1915 June 8, 1934) Dorothy Dell was an American film actress. She performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1931.


Dell, Eleanor (aka Dell, Eleanore):

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Eleanor Dell performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1920, the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of July 29, 1918, and in Ziegfeld's musical comedy Kid Boots (1923-1925). According to the theatre programs, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of November 26, 1917, the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball of 1918, the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of September 22, 1919, the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of March 8, 1920 (aka Ziegfeld Girls of 1920), and the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock and Midnight Frolics of 1920 (May 31 edition).


Delroy, Irene: [ACJ]

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(c. 1898 - ?) Irene Delroy performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927.


Dempster, Carol: [ACJ]

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(December 9, 1901 - February 1, 1991) Carol Dempster was a silent film star who performed from 1916-1926.


Desha (aka Mlle Desha, Myrio and Desha): [ACJ]

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Desha performed with Myrio in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927.


Desti (aka Desty, Maria or Mary): [ACJ]

Desti was a French dancer.


Dewey, Bernice:

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Bernice Dewey performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917 and 1919.


Dickson, Dorothy: [ACJ]

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Dr. Macro's Annex (pics 02 - 07, 09 & 10)

(July 25, 1893 - September 25, 1995) Dorothy Dickson performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917. Her pics are often named Dorothy Dixon. Please see Dixon, Dorothy for the one pic named Dorothy Dixon that is not Dorothy Dickson.


Dietz, Sylvia:

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Sylvia Dietz performed on Broadway in 1915. According to the theatre program, she also performed in The Midnight Frolic of November 26, 1917 and I have an image stamped Dillinger-Ziegfeld Theatre on the back that notes that she performed in a Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic.


Dixon, Dorothy: [ACJ image but not Dorothy Dixon or Dickson... is Irene Castle]

Irene Castle, not Dorothy Dixon (Image)

This image has plagued me for years. I knew it wasn't Dorothy Dickson but had no idea if it was silent star Dorothy Dixon. I asked for Bob Hudovernik's help (Jazz Age Beauties: The Lost Collection of Ziegfeld Photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston). With his super sleuthing, he found out the image is actually of Irene Castle. There is another of her in his book. Thank you Bob!!! Another mystery of the ages laid to rest! All other images I've found i.d'd as Dorothy Dixon are actually of Dorothy Dickson.


Dixon, Florence [no pics]

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According to the theatre program, Florence Dixon performed in the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of March 8, 1920 (aka Ziegfeld Girls of 1920).


Dodd, Claire (aka Dodd, Clare):

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(December 29, 1908 - November 23, 1973) Although Claire Dodd is not listed on ibdb as having performed in the Follies, Wikipedia states: "Born Dorothy Anne Dodd in Des Moines, Iowa, Dodd's father was a doctor who abandoned her and her mother before she was ten years old. Her mother suffered from tuberculosis and was forced to support her, so young Dorothy moved to New York City at the age of 15 and joined the Ziegfeld Follies where she was eventually discovered by Darryl F. Zanuck." She also performed as Clare Dodd in Ziegfeld's musical comedy Smiles (1930-1931).


Dodge, Marion:

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Marion Dodge performed in Ziegfeld's musicals The Three Musketeers (1928), Simple Simon (1930), and Smiles (1930-1931).


Dolly Sisters, The (Jenny and Rosie): [ACJ]

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(Jenny: Oct 25, 1892 - June 1, 1941 & Rosie: Oct 25, 1892 - Jan 1, 1970) The Dolly Sisters performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1911 and 1912 and in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolics of 1915 and 1918.


Dolores (aka Dolores Rose & Rose Dolores): [ACJ]

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(1892-1975) Born Kathleen Rose, this tall English beauty was a popular fashion model when Ziegfeld hired her for the 1917 Follies. Although she could neither sing nor dance, her extraordinary looks made her a favorite, and she appeared in various Follies and Frolics walking across the stage in spectacular costumes. She appeared in the long-running Sally before retiring to marry a millionaire.

From interview with Doris Eaton: "...the showgirls were tall, willowy creatures, anywhere from five-six to five-ten. Dolores was the tallest one. She was just over six feet, I believe. She usually came on last in these parades of beautiful girls that would open up with a big fan."

Dolores performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917 and 1918 and in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of July 29, 1918. According to the theatre programs, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball of 1918, the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of September 22, 1919, and the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1920 (May 31 edition). She appeared in the long-running Sally before retiring to marry a millionaire.


Dolores, Zitelka: [ACJ]

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Zitelka Dolores performed in Ziegfeld's musical Miss 1917.


Donegan, Nellie:

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(c.1870 - 1945) Nellie Donegan performed in the Ziegfeld musical comedy A Parisian Model (1907-1908).

Biographical info with many thanks to grapefruitmoongallery for providing the incredible research from the Circus History message board!:

Nellie Donegan is reported as being born about 1870 in White [County?], Indiana. After her death, her birthplace was also given as far away Melbourne, Australia. She had a public roller skating career that started by 1903 and was advertised in national publications by 1907. Her father reportedly operated a large rink in her hometown of Rensselaer, Indiana, though the circa 1907-1910 published lists make no reference to it. It likely existed during the earlier skating craze.

She appeared in 1907 under the "personal direction" of Earle Reynolds, with a contact address given as 1440 Broadway, New York. Nellie also appeared in the January 6 to 25, 1908 production of "A Parisian Model," appearing as "Henriette." Thereafter they did exhibition skating together, 1909-1916. In 1912 it was [Earle] Reynolds and [Nellie] Donegan and they were booked by Pat Casey of New York. "Decorative Dancing" was their roller skating forte.

The second boom in roller skating had taken place about 1906-1909, and then it went into another decline. Skating exhibitions by Nellie can be found through 1912. Nellie was hired by Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish, a wealthy man's wife, to present a program in her private ballroom. The couple's image as paired skaters was on the cover of the 1915 sheet music "The Skating Waltzes," published by Charles K. Harris. At the time they were performing in the Winter Garden in "The World of Pleasure." The couple is also mentioned in the book "Vaudeville, From the Honky Tonks to the Palace" as being roller and ice skaters.

Reynolds and Donegan trained many skaters in a "garage gym" in Rensselaer. A Reynolds Donegan Company did exhibition skating on fairgrounds, in vaudeville, etc., in 1918, 1919, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1930 and 1939 and presumably other years. It would seem that their base was in Indiana, from which they traveled around the country doing exhibition work. If their birth years are accurate [Earle Reynolds, October 28, 1868], they were still on skates when approaching 70 years of age, quite an achievement.

Nellie appeared as a ballet girl in the Ringling circus spectacle "Jerusalem and the Crusades," definitely in 1903, possibly also in 1904, the second year of the production. It was apparently at that time that she came to know Edith [Mrs. Charles] Ringling, who later arranged to have her son, Robert Ringling, hire Reynolds and Donegan for Ringling-Barnum. Donegan and Reynolds were with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in 1943-1944 as skaters. Nellie gained some incidental fame as a steam calliope player between 1943 and 1945. She's the only Ziegfeld girl to have played the calliope, as far as I know. Donegan and Reynolds also managed an act as early as 1941 called "Six Pyramid Girls." They were later booked on RBBB, comprised largely girls from Rensselaer. A problem was that they were all pretty and had to be replaced when they found a beau and got married.

Reynolds and Donegan were married at White [County?], Indiana on August 12, 1913 [also given as 1908]. [Family Search website] They had twin daughters, or step-daughters, Helen and Maude, who were also skaters. Maudie had a daughter, Patricia, who was also taught skating. Nellie died in October 1945 [interred October 31], more than a year and a half after the 1944 disaster. Earle Reynolds died October 1, 1954, age 85, at Home Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana [interred October 4]. They're both buried at the Weston Cemetery in Rensselaer, Indiana. Obituaries were printed for both of them in "Billboard," November 10, 1945, page 42 and October 9, 1954, page 80. There was surely coverage in the local newspapers on their passing as few in Rensselaer likely had such illustrious careers performing before the public. Reynolds' obituary relates that he had two step-daughters, Mrs. Francis Le Maire of New York and Mrs. Helen King of Rensselaer, and grandchildren.


Donna (Donna & Medrano): [ACJ]

Donna & Medrano were a dance team. No other info available.


Donnelly, Dolly: [ACJ]

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Dolly Donnelly performed on Broadway from 1924-1927.


Donnelly, Hazel:

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Hazel Donnelly performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922.


Dooley, Anita Donna: (see Naldi, Nita)


Dooley, Ray: [ACJ]

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(October 30, 1896 - January 28, 1984) Ray Dooley performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1919-1921 & 1925 and in Ziegfeld's musical comedy No Foolin' (1926).


Dore, Diana [no pics]

According to the theatre programs, Diana Dore performed in the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of March 8, 1920 (aka Ziegfeld Girls of 1920) and the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1920 (May 31 edition).


Dove, Billie: [ACJ]

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Billie Dove as Northern Lights - Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1920 - by Alfred Cheney Johnston (click for larger image)

(May 14, 1900 (although most sources incorrectly ascribe the year 1903) - December 31, 1997) Although not listed on ibdb.com, Billie Dove performed as Northern Lights in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1920. According to a photo received, she performed in the Nine O'Clock Frolic of 1918. According to the theatre programs, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of March 8, 1920 (aka Ziegfeld Girls of 1920) and the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Frolic of 1920 (May 31 edition). Billie Dove also performed in films from 1921 to 1963.


Doyle, Florence:

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Florence Doyle appeared on Broadway in 1918. According to a photo I have from the NY Times Sunday rotogravure, she also appeared in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic in January, 1918.


Drange, Alma: [ACJ]

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Alma Drange performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922, 1924, 1925, and 1927, and in Ziegfeld's 1929 musical comedy Show Girl. She is shown dressed in costume as a performer in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1920 in Marjorie Farnsworth's book The Ziegfeld Follies although the year is incorrectly noted as 1925 (Thanks for the correction to Jazz Age Beauties author Robert Hudovernik).


Drange, Emily: [ACJ]

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Emily Drange performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917 and 1920, the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1918, and in Ziegfeld's musical comedy Sally (1920-1922). She also performed as Lantern Light in Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic of 1920. According to the theatre programs, she also performed in the Midnight Frolic of November 1917, the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball of 1918, the Midnight Frolic of July 29, 1918, and the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of September 22, 1919.


Dressler, Marie:

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(November 9, 1868 - July 28, 1934) Marie Dressler performed in Ziegfeld's musical The Century Girl (1916-1917).


Dudley, Betty:

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Betty Dudley performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922.


Duffy, Florence: [ACJ]

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Dumbris, Betty: [ACJ]

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Betty Dumbris performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1931 and in Ziegfeld's musical comedies Whoopie! (1928-1929), Smiles (1930-1931, and Hot-Cha! (1932).


Duval, Paulette: [ACJ]

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Paulette Duval performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1923.


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