Alfred Cheney Johnston & The Ziegfeld Girls




Janis, Elsie: [ACJ]


(March 16, 1889 - February 26, 1956) Elsie Janis performed in Ziegfeld's musical The Century Girl (1916-1917).

Janis, Madeleine: [ACJ]

Madeleine Janis performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927. Her pics are sometimes misnamed Madelyn or Madeline Janice.

Jennings, Hazel: [misc]

Hazel Jennings performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1923 (Summer Edition).

Jepson, Agnes [no pics]

Agnes Jepson performed in Ziegfeld's musicals The Century Girl (1916-1917), Dance And Grow Thin (1917), and Miss 1917 (1917-1918). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball (1918).

Jesmer, Helen: [ACJ]

Helen Jesmer performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1919.

Jewel, Betty: [ACJ]

Betty Jewel was an actress who performed in films from 1923-1927.

Johnson, Amelia: [ACJ]

Amelia Johnson performed in Ziegfeld's musical Miss 1917 (1917-1918). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball (1918).

Johnson, Naomi: [ACJ]

Naomi Johnson performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922, 1923 (Summer Edition), and 1925, Ziegfeld's musical Rio Rita (1927-1928), and in Ziegfeld's 1928 opera The Three Musketeers. ACJ's favorite model!

"Naomi Johnson began her stage life as an actress aged 13 in 1920 in the comedy, “The Charm School.” She then played Ann in “Just Because,” a short-lived musical of 1922 written entirely by women--Anna Wynne O’Ryan, Helen S. Woodruff, and Madelyn Shepperd. A trooper and enthusiast, Johnson quickly joined other struggling young performers in “The Equity Players,” a troupe that performed burlesques of current stage productions. One of Ziegfeld’s scouts noticed the vivaciousness and beauty of the young brunette, and she became a chorine in the 1924 Follies. In 1926, at age 19, she married Brazilian official John M. Cirne, casting off her fiancé, film producer Barney Lubin. Cirne did not mind his wife adorning the stage. She appeared in Ziegfeld’s “The Three Musketeers” and “Rio Rita.” Her final performances occurred in 1930’s edition of the “Artists and Models” revue. A free spirit, Johnson enjoyed modeling, and her 1924 sessions with Alfred Cheney Johnston, both nude and clothed, are among the most famous of his studies of the Ziegfeld girls. Her later sessions, as a married woman, sporting short hair, are more demur."

"In 1928, Alfred Cheney Johnston wrote, "My favorite model is Naomi Johnson, now featured in a Broadway production. Miss Johnson is my "Greuze" model because she combines many of the lovely features to be found in the masterpieces of the French painting. A delicate, lovely head set upon a young form that combines feminity and athletic strength. Wavy chestnut brown hair, level brows and soft grey eyes. Breadth between the eyes, a straight nose with sensitive nostrils and well defined lips that curve at the corners, suggest a sense of of humor and intelligence. Her skin is cream in coloring and she is of medium height." The Amarillo Globe (Oct. 2, 1929), p. 3." [David S. Shields]

Johnson, Renita: [ACJ]

(1896 - ?) Renita Johnson performed the role of Huguette in the 1920 silent film "If I Were King" (and there are so many wonderful versions of this masterpiece!)

Johnston, Julanne: [ACJ]


NY Times

(May 1, 1900 - December 26, 1988) Julanne Johnston performed in films from 1917-1934. She is perhaps best known for her role as the Princess in the silent film The Thief of Bagdad (1924) opposite Douglas Fairbanks.

Johnstone, Justine: [ACJ]


(January 31, 1895 - September 3, 1982) Justine Johnstone performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1915 and 1916.

Jones, Grace: [ACJ]

Grace Jones performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1916 and 1919.

Joyce, Alice: [ACJ]


NY Times

(October 1, 1890 - October 9, 1955) Alice Joyce was an actress best known for her Hollywood cinema roles in the 1910s and 1920s, perhaps most famously "The Green Goddess". She was known as "The Madonna of the Screen" for her striking features and presence. She performed in films from 1910 to 1930. Her earlier films for Kalem and Vitagraph companies are mostly lost. Only one of her Vitagraph films still exists, a single negative locked up in a French archive.

Joyce, Billy: [no pics]

According to the theatre program, Billy Joyce performed a number with Bob LaSalle in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1921 (April 11 edition).

Joyce, Peggy Hopkins (aka Hopkins, Peggy): [ACJ]


NY Times

(May 26, 1893 - June 12, 1957) Peggy Hopkins Joyce performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917 and in Ziegfeld's musical Miss 1917. According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925 (Jan 1926, Forrest Theatre, Phil PA).

Joyner, Evelyn:

The info for Evelyn Joyner comes from her relatives, one of whom I met through my Historical Ziegfeld site: Evelyn Joyner, b. 1904, Bradenton, Manatee Co, FL; d. circa 1924, New York City, NY. Evelyn was in the Ziegfeld Follies (about 1922). The story is she always said she would not live to see 21. While she was in NYC, a hurricane happened and while she was sleeping on the couch near an open window she was drenched. Probably died of pneumonia about age 20. Need research on storm date, NYC, from 1918-1926.

I did a bit of hunting in the NY Times Archives and came up with this: August 31, 1924, Sunday: WEST INDIAN HURRICANE SEASON OPENS IN NEW YORK; Tropical Storm That Shook Its Tail Here and Battered Westbound Liners Spent Its Power at Sea - Feared in the Caribbean - The West Indian hurricane season has begun. Oddly enough, the first tropical disturbance," as the weather man calls it, of 1924 shook its tail over New York last Monday, spilled three inches or more of rain upon the city and then laid its course eastward along the steamship lanes, battering the liners coming west.

Perhaps that is the storm that caused Evelyn's pneumonia. Thanks so much for the lovely image of Evelyn, Joy!