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|Also Known As:||Died:||February 11, 1982|
|Born:||November 21, 1912||Cause of Death:||ovarian cancer|
|Birth Place:||Springfield, Massachusetts, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Began ballet lessons as a child; did not study tap until much later in the mid-1920s
Hired for first professional engagement by Gus Edwards; performed at the dinner show at the Ambassador Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Became emcee at the Martins Club
Broadway debut in "Follow Thru"
Film debut in a dance sequence in "Queen High"
Appeared with Anita Page and Fanny Brice in "Crazy Quilt" on Broadway
Achieved success on the musical comedy stage in the early 1930s; came to films known as "The World's Greatest Female Tap Dancer"
Made feature film debut in Fox's "George White's 1935 Scandals"
Became a star at MGM in "Broadway Melody of 1936"
Co-starred with James Stewart in "Born to Dance"
Had title role in "Rosalie"
Teamed with Fred Astaire in "Broadway Melody of 1940"
Saw star status slip a bit when given second lead in "Lady Be Good"; also first of three films with Red Skelton
Lost several roles to the much younger Judy Garland
One of many guest stars to appear in the fund-raising musical, "Thousands Cheer"
Left MGM after completing "I Dood It", co-starring Skelton
Last starring vehicle, "Sensations of 1945"
Returned to films to dance a solo routine in the Esther Williams musical, "The Duchess of Idaho"
Hosted the religious-themed TV program "Faith of Our Children"; won five local area Emmy Awards
Performed a nightclub act, including gigs at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas and the London Palladium
Resurfaced in the mid-1970s with release of compilation films "That's Entertainment" (1974) and "That's Entertainment, Part 2" (1976)
Made final TV appearance at the AFI tribute to Fred Astaire
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