2 3 Throwback Thursday and May Leslie | Ballet Webb

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Throwback Thursday and May Leslie

Throwback Thursday and May Leslie

May Leslie is a colorful character. From being the first female stage manager on Broadway, to one of the first Ziegfeld girls, to having apparent ties to the New York mob scene she certainly led an unusual life.

She first performed on Broadway in 1903 in Twirly Whirly, and was in the first Ziegfeld Follies in 1907. She appeared with such notables as Lillian Russell and Will Rogers. She was said to be kind and generous and did things like raise funds for the troops during WWI. However, she seemed to attract questionable men.

During the first decade of the 1900s, she was involved in a shootout in a dance hall. It left Paul Harrington dead and mobster Paul Kelly wounded. Leslie was arrested along with everyone else since the police thought they were all members of the Paul Kelly mobsters. Whether she was actually a part of this organization is unclear.

She left the Ziegfeld Follies in 1918 after performing with them in 1907, 1908, 1912-1914, and 1917. She came to represent the “new woman” and was part of the cultural revolution of the time. She was also a model who modeled lingerie for Vanity Fair.

But she ends up in the news again in 1918 due to another shooting involving underworld characters. She was arrested, along with her boyfriend Sam Shepps. Lacking enough evidence they were released.

There is little other information on May Leslie except that at some point she married and had two children according to the South Bend News.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #237:
“May Leslie was a multi-talented Broadway performer and stage manager.”

Link of the Day:

Quote of the Day:
“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective”
― Colleen Hoover, Maybe Someday

Help expand the knowledge base!
Leave a comment about any instructions, ideas, or images that worked best for you!

My latest books are coloring books! They are available on Amazon.

Want to know more about me? Read my interview at Ballet Connections:

Or "Like" me on my Facebook Author Page:

Or visit my Pinterest page:

For interesting articles involving mental health:

No comments:

Post a Comment