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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Throwback Thursday and Pearl Eaton

Throwback Thursday and Pearl Eaton

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Pearl Eaton, and her two sisters Doris and Mary, began their dance training in Washington D.C. In 1911, all of them were hired for the play The Blue Bird, and thus Pearl’s career began.

Pearl’s dancing in The Blue Bird impress the Shubert Brothers who hired her to dance in the chorus of Al Jolson’s show, Robinson Crusoe, Jr. She went on to perform in many venues, and in 1918 became part of the Ziegfeld Follies where she stayed until 1923. Pearl Eaton was reputed to have the most beautiful legs in America, and supposedly whenever Ziegfeld saw her he said “How are the legs?”

After the Follies, she worked with producer Charles Dillingham, both as a performer and as dance director. By the late 1920s, Pearl Easton was in Los Angeles working for RKO Studios, choreographing dances for films like Hit the Deck and Rio Rita. Sadly, during the Depression in 1930s she was let go by RKO.

She went on to try other careers, such as real estate, song writing, and working for the Los Angeles County Census Bureau. She also opened her own dance studio. Later in life she became a recluse, seldom leaving her home.

On September 10, 1958 she was found dead in her Manhattan Beach apartment. The police ruled her death a homicide but the case has never been solved. Pearl Eaton was 60 years old.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Factoid #124:
Pearl Eaton was a dancer whose mysterious death has never been solved.”

Link of the Day (featuring Pearl’s sister Mary):

Quote of the Day:
“Every solution to every problem is simple. It's the distance between the two where the mystery lies.”
― Derek Landy

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