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|Also Known As:||Died:||February 28, 1993|
|Born:||August 25, 1909||Cause of Death:||cancer|
|Birth Place:||Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Family moved to New York's Lower East Side when Keeler was three (date approximate)
Professional debut in cabaret as a buck-dancer in partnership with Patsy Kelly
Danced in Texas Guinan's El Fey speakeasy at age 13 (date approximate)
New York stage debut in chorus of "The Rise of Rosie O'Reilly"
First major Broadway stage role in "Bye, Bye Bonnie"
Appeared on Broadway in "Whoopee"
Al Jolson was instrumental in getting Keeler a featured role in Ziegfeld's "Show Girl" on Broadway; Jolson strolled down aisle of theater singing "Liza" while Keeler tap danced; he received no billing and no salary
Film debut, "42nd Street"; was also her first film collaboration with choreographer and dance director Busby Berkeley and the first of seven joint appearances opposite singer Dick Powell
Last of four consecutive musicals with musical numbers supervised by Busby Berkeley, "Dames"
Last film in which she co-starred with Dick Powell, "Colleen"
Last film at Warner Brothers, "Ready, Willing and Able"
Replaced Katharine Hepburn as one of the two female leads (the other being Anne Shirley) in "Mother Carey's Chickens", her last film for three years and her first non-musical film
Returned to stage in "Hold onto Your Hats" at the Grand Opera House, Chicago
Final film before first retirement, "Sweethearts of the Campus"
Retired from stage and film
Returned to film in "The Phynx"
Made Broadway comeback in a revival of the 1920s stage musical, "No, No Nanette"
Suffered a stroke and was operated on for an aneurysm of the brain, was comatose for two months (date approximate)
Final film, "Beverly Hills Brats"
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