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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Throwback Thursday and Kay Laurel

Throwback Thursday and Kay Laurel

Kay Laurel’s real name was Ruth Leslie and she was born on June 28, 1890 in Erie, Pennsylvania. She began her career modeling for artists but soon caught the attention of Florenz Ziegfeld and was cast in the Ziegfeld Follies. She made her first appearance in 1914 and went on to become a popular performer. She was called “one of the most beautiful women on the stage”. She married Winfield Sheehan, a film company executive in 1916.

In 1918 she left the Ziegfeld Follies to begin an acting career. She appeared on Broadway and in vaudeville, plus she made three silent films, The Brand (1919), The Valley of the Giants (1919), and Lonely Heart (1921).

Sadly, as often happened to women of that era, she died in childbirth on January 31, 1927 at the age of 36.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #317:
“Kay Laurel was a Ziegfeld girl famous for her beauty.”

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 “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”

― Anne Frank

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