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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Throwback Thursday and Jeanne Devereaux

Throwback Thursday and Jeanne Devereaux

Jeanne Devereaux was born in St. Louis in 1912. She was a child prodigy who, by the age of eleven, was a ballet star. She performed in vaudeville, the music halls of Europe and cultural establishments from the 1920s through the 1940s.

In 1935 she danced a Royal Command Performance at the London Palladium and became the first ballerina to do so since Anna Pavlova. In the 1940s she was a headliner at Radio City Music Hall.

She also appeared in two movies: Are You There? (1930), and Kiss Me Again (1931). Both roles were uncredited.

She retired from performing in 1952 and married Thomas Perkins. Together they moved to  Pasadena California and opened a ballet school which operated until 1964.

She died in 2011, not quite 100 years old. She was one of the last vaudeville performers to leave this world. There is a detailed book written about her life, called Jeanne Devereaux, Prima Ballerina of Vaudeville and Broadway: She Ran Between the Raindrops by Kathleen Menzie Lesko https://www.amazon.com/s?k=9781476666945&i=stripbooks&linkCode=qs.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet History Secret #316:
Jeanne Devereaux was a ballet dancer in vaudeville and on Broadway.”

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