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The last Ziegfeld Follies Girl has died.

Doris Eaton Travis, one of the legendary Ziegfeld Follies chorus girls, of the early 1900s, died Tuesday at age 106.
She continued to work long after her Follies days ended, with annual appearances on Broadway, a small role in a Jim Carrey movie and a memoir, “The Days We Danced: The Story of My Theatrical Family From Florenz Ziegfeld to Arthur Murray and Beyond.”
By then, the Ziegfeld Follies had become an entertainment staple. Inspired by the Folies Bergeres in Paris, Ziegfeld Follies was part Broadway show, part Vaudeville, featuring top entertainers such as W.C. Fields, Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice and Will Rogers. Juicing up the show were beautiful female dancers who performed elaborate chorus numbers composed by Irving Berlin and who wore costumes by Art Deco designer and illustrator Erte.
Travis nabbed a part in the chorus of the “Ziegfeld Follies of 1918,” and Travis became the youngest Ziegfeld Follies Girl when she was hired at age 14. She became a principal dancer in 1920. She was like so many other affected by the stock marker crash of 29. With so many theaters folding up she must have found difficulty in finding a regular job.
May her soul rest in peace. We have lost a kindly soul espcially her skill in dancing must have kindly distracted great many who had to live through wars,depression etc.,
Ziegfeld Follies was more important to the progress of the world than Hitler’s follies. Think of great many talents the Ziegveld Follies polished! Their combined output one may say defined the American cultural landscape of the early 20th century.
(Ack:TOM McELROY, Associated Press Writer/May 12)

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President Coolidge once hosted a group of guests on the Presidential yacht, one among these wore an abbreviated modish skirt of the era. She sat besides the President trying to amuse him with her repertoire of stories. As she continued  with her chat she would tug at her skirt to pull it over her knees. Having suffered this with a stony face laconic Cal said,”What you need’s a rug.”
When Calvin Coolidge was the VP, Channix N. Cox, who succeeded him as governor of Mass., called on him and was amazed to see the steady stream of visitors he could see and also finish his work at five o’clock. Cox had always found he was held at his desk as late as nine p.m.
“How come the difference?” he asked his predecessor.
“You talk back,” came the reply.
President Cal was never a man to waste words. While campaigning for election, he hit one whistle-stop where the total population was about three hundred. He took a look at the crowd and went back to his private compartment with a comment, “ The crowd is too big for an anecdote and too small for an oration.”
Shortly after his election as President ,’Silent’ Cal was asked the secret of his success in politics. Drawled the President,”it is very simple, I just listened my way along.”
On an occasion at a Washington dinner party he found himself seated next to Alice Longworth, who was determined to draw out the taciturn President out of his shell. After several unsuccessful attempts she observed,” these formal dinners obviously bore you to death,Mr. President. Why do you attend so many of them?”
President Coolidge helping himself with a piece of steak, said,” Well a man has got to eat somewhere.”
President Coolidge was tight with words and his money. As Will Rogers noted ‘Calvin Coolidge never told jokes but had more subtle humor than almost any public man I ever met.” Cal got married to one who was noted for blithe spontaneous laughter,’ as natural and unaffected as sunlight…’ Besides she was a graduate of the Univ. of Vermont and taught at a school for the dead in Northampton. Recognizing this sharp contrast the future President observed,   “having taught the dead to hear, Miss Goodhue might perhaps cause the mute to speak.”

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