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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Throwback Thursday and Annabelle Moore

Throwback Thursday and Annabelle Moore

Annabelle Moore was born Annabelle Whitford in Chicago on July 6, 1878. She made her first appearance at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Sometimes called Peerless Annabelle, she was a dancer and actress in early silent films. She was also the original Gibson Girl in the 1907 Ziegfeld Follies.

She appeared in several films including A Mermaid Dance (1902), Sun Dance - Annabelle (1897) and Butterfly Dance (1897), among others. She was featured in the first Kinetoscope showing in London in October 1894, and was featured in the first hand-tinted movie (see the Link of the Day below).

In 1912 she married Edward James Buchan and retired from performing. He preceded her in death in 1958. She died penniless on December 1, 1961 in Chicago.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #299:
“Dancer Annabelle Moore appeared in the first hand-tinted movie.”

Link of the Day:

Quote of the Day:
“Some things in life are like ice cream:
They’re only good for a while and then they melt.
The trick is enjoying it and making the most of it while it’s still ice cream.”
― Anonymous

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