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La Badie, Florence: [ACJ]

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(Born possibly April 27, 1888 – October 13, 1917) Florence La Badie was a silent film star. She performed in films from 1909-1917. A bit of trivia: She was the first female major motion picture star to die.


La Barre, Madrienne:

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Madrienne Barre performed in the Ziegfeld Follies, year unknown.


La Rue, Grace:

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Grace La Rue performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1907 and 1908.


La Marr, Barbara: [ACJ]

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(July 28, 1896 - January 30, 1926) Barbara La Marr was a famous silent film star. She performed in films from 1920-1926 before she died tragically at the young age of 29.


Ladd, Ivanelle:

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Ivanelle Ladd performed in the Ziegfeld musical Rio Rita (1927-1928).


Laird, Ruth: [ACJ]

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Ruth Laird performed on Broadway from 1924-1926.


Lamar, Jean: [ACJ]

Although not listed on ibdb, I have a rotogravure image showing that Jean Lamar performed in the Greenwich Village Follies of 1923.


Lang, Eleanor:

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Eleanor Lang performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917.


Lange, Mary

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Dr. Macro's Annex (pics 01 & 02)

(1913 - April 20, 1973) According to the theater programs, Mary Lange performed in Ziegfeld's musical Whoopee (1928-1919 and in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1931.


Lasher, Marie [no pics]

According to the theatre program, Marie Lasher performed in the Midnight Frolic of July 29, 1918.


Laurell, Kay: [ACJ]

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Kay Laurell performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1914, 1915, and 1918. According to a photo, she also performed in the Midnight Frolic of 1915.


Law, Evelyn:

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Evelyn Law performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922 and 1924 and in Ziegfeld's musical comedy Louie the 14th (1925).


Flo Lawlor (aka Florence Leeds):

Flo Lawlor performed under the name Florence Leeds in Act I, Scene V of Ziegfeld's musical The Century Girl.


Lawson, Elsie (aka Lawson, Eleanor: [ACJ]

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(December 23, 1875 - March 22, 1966) Elsie Lawson performed on Broadway from 1909-1930. She was also a film actress from 1915-1951.


Laye, Evelyn (aka Laye, Evelyn Boo): [ACJ]

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(July 10, 1900 - February 17, 1996) Evelyn Laye performed in Ziegfeld's operetta Bitter Sweet (1929-1930).


Le Breton, Flora: [ACJ]

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(1898 - ?) Flora Le Breton performed on Broadway from 1925-1934.


Lea, Emilie: [ACJ]

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Emilie Lea performed on Broadway from 1911-1921.


Lee, Lillian:

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Lillian Lee performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1907 and 1908.


Lee, Frances:

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(May 5, 1906 - November 5, 2000) Frances Lee was born Myrna Tibbetts in Eagle Grove, Iowa. Excelling in school, Lee initially moved toward pursuing a career as a teacher but began taking dance lessons. This led to her being spotted by Gus Edwards who owned a theater in New York City. Edwards convinced Lee to perform at his theater. Although not listed on ibdb, she joined the cast of The Ziegfeld Follies in 1923.

She performed in films from 1924-1935, among them Christies Comedies. She was a frequent guest at the home of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, and became friends with other notable Hollywood legends, to include Rudolph Valentino until his death in 1926. In 1927, she had roles in five films, and was selected as one of thirteen girls to be WAMPAS Baby Stars.

She made a semi-successful transition to talking films while the majority of silent film stars did not. Her first film in 1930 was Down with Husbands, followed by The Stronger Sex starring Carmel Myers. However her career had slowed considerably from the silent film years and from 1931 to 1935 she would have roles in only seven films. She auditioned for the female lead role in King Kong and was in the last two, losing the role to Faye Wray. She retired from film acting after 1935.


Lee, Phoebe:

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Phoebe Lee performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1920 (Feb 1, 1921 edition) and in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922. According to the theatre programs, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1920 (July) and the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1921 (April 11 edition).


Leedom, Edna: [ACJ]

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Edna Leedom performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1923, 1924, and 1925 and in Ziegfeld's Revue "No Foolin'" (1926).


Leeds, Dorothy: [ACJ]

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Dorothy Leeds performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917 and 1918 and in Ziegfeld's musical revue Dance And Grow Thin (1917). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of September 22, 1919.


Leeds, Florence (see Lawlor, Flo)


Leet, Marjorie: [ACJ]

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Dr. Macro's Annex (pics 01 & 02)

Marjorie Leet performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1923, 1924, 1925 and 1927.


Leigh, Lois: [ACJ]

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Lois Leigh performed in the Ziegfeld musical Miss 1917 (1917-1918).


Leitzel, Lillian: [ACJ]

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(January 2, 1892 – February 15, 1931) Lillian Leitzel was a famous aerialist, acrobat and strongwoman for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. She would flip her body over her shoulder repeatedly, sometimes hundreds of times in a feat of endurance, encouraging the audience to count each one in unison. She was best known for her flirting rapport with the audience.

Only four feet, nine inches, she was also famous for her demanding personality and temper. Leitzel was the first performer in history to command her own private Pullman car completely furnished with her own baby grand piano. Her quick temper was legendary. It was not uncommon to witness Leitzel cursing or slapping a roustabout who did not adjust her rigging exactly to her liking. Further, Leitzel was known to fly off the handle and fire and rehire her personal maid, Mabel Cummings several times a day. In sharp contrast, it was the same hot tempered prima donna who was known to the children on the show as "Auntie Leitzel" and who would hold birthday parties for her fellow performers in her private dressing tent.

Although pursued by many wealthy suitors, she married a series of circus individuals and never had any children. She first married a minor circus stagehand, then the side show manager Clyde Ingalls (ending in divorce in 1924), and finally the circus trapeze performer Alfredo Codona in 1928.

On February 13, 1931, she fell to the ground from her rigging while performing in Copenhagen, Denmark when the swivel that held the rope in place crystalized and snapped. She and Codona had been performing in Europe separately, and he rushed to Copenhagen. They boarded a train to return to Berlin where Codona had a commitment. However, she died on February 15, two days after the fall. In 1937, Codona shot his new wife, Vera Bruce and committed suicide.

Lillian Leitzel was the first inductee elected into the International Circus Hall of Fame in 1958.


Leland, Pauline: [ACJ]

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Pauline Leland performed on Broadway from 1920-1921.


Leonard, Patricia: [ACJ]

No info available on Patricia Leonard.


Lerch, Georgia

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Georgia Lerch performed in George White's Scandals from 1923-1929.


Leslie, May: [ACJ]

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May Leslie performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1907, 1908, 1912-1914, and 1917. She also performed in Ziegfeld's musicals A Parisian Model (1908), The Century Girl (1916-1917), and Miss 1917 (1917-1918). According to the theatre programs, she also performed in the Midnight Frolic of April 27, 1915 (The Evening Mail) and the Midnight Frolic of November 26, 1917. She is also shown in a full page NY Tribune Rotogravure, "The New Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic In The Making," dated January 3, 1916 so performed in that show as well.


Lesley, Dorothy:

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Dorothy Lesley performed in Ziegfeld's musical comedy Louie the 14th (1925).


Levant, Lucille: [ACJ]

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Lucille Levant performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1919.


Levoe, Marjorie: [ACJ]

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Marjorie Levoe performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1931.

"New York showgirl whose most spectacular career moment was appearing as “The Spirit of Modernism” wearing a cubist fantasia as the finale of the 1931 Beaux Arts Ball. Too much of a subversive wit to be employed by traditional producers, she devised in 1932 an amusing entertainment, an anti-fashion show entitled “What Women Will Not Wear” that marked the opening of a 5th Avenue Shop." [David S. Shields]


La Vonne, Helen (aka LeVon): [ACJ]

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Helen La Vonne (Helen LeVon) performed on Broadway from 1920-1924.


Lewis, Hazel:

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Hazel Lewis performed in Ziegfeld's musicals Miss Innocence (1908-1909), A Winsome Widow (1912), and The Century Girl (1916-1917) and in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1908, 1912, 1913, and 1914. A full page rotogravure from the NY Tribune dated August 6, 1916 shows her performing as Portia in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1916.


Lewis, Mary:

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(1897-1941) Mary Lewis performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921, 1922, and 1923 (Summer Edition).

Mary Sybil Kidd Lewis was possibly the most publicized singer of the 1920s. Using her childhood training, she climbed her way to grand opera, gaining stage experience through vaudeville and operetta. Her career included radio performances and recordings with His Master’s Voice (HMV), Victor, and RCA.

In 1915, Mary Maynard married J. Keene Lewis of Little Rock but left him to join a traveling vaudeville troupe. After she became famous, her ex-husband, Lewis, demanded his name not be used, so for publicity purposes she eliminated mention of the marriage and changed her birthday to January 9, 1900, making it appear that she left Little Rock as a teen-ager rather than a young married woman. She retained the surname of Lewis.

Vaudeville took Lewis to Hollywood, where she appeared in silent films before moving to New York City. She signed a contract with Florenz Ziegfeld as a prima donna in his Follies of 1921. Although all the Follies were spectacular, the Follies of 1922 was climaxed by Charles LeMaire’s “Lace Land,” featuring elaborate costumes which achieved a theatrical glorification. Lewis herself wore a famous costume of peasant design with the lace treated with radium. The newly identified element provided a novel, eerie glowing quality in the dark. When the lights were turned off, the ghost of the dress and Mary’s face, luminous in the glow from the peasant cap of lace, were all that could be seen on stage while she sang “Weaving.” About a month after the show opened, Mary’s health broke down. She spent three months in the hospital, probably from radiation poisoning, the first indication of her many health problems.

The salary of the Follies allowed her to undertake vocal studies with noted vocal coach William Thorner, who encouraged her to follow her dream of grand opera. After an audition with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Lewis pursued further study and had her opera debut in Europe, as Marguerite in Faust, on October 19, 1923, in the Vienna Opera House. After achieving recognition, Lewis recorded in 1924–25 for His Master’s Voice in England. Returning home in the fall of 1925, Lewis received a contract with the Met for the next season. She debuted as Mimi in La Bohème on January, 28, 1926. Lewis recorded a second round in America in 1926–27 for His Master’s Voice and Victor Talking Machine Co.

The first season at the Met ended with her sudden marriage to the Met’s German bass/baritone, Michael Bohnen, on April 15, 1927. The ceremony was performed by New York’s mayor, Jimmy Walker. The disastrous marriage to Bohnen and her own alcoholism began to take a toll on Lewis’s career. The marriage ended in Hollywood in 1930, and Lewis sailed for Europe as the worldwide economic depression forced cuts in theatrical productions.

Lewis married Standard Oil Company vice president Robert L. Hague in Portland, Maine, on September 19, 1931. She spent the next few years traveling to Europe and back and was among the first to board the Hindenburg on its maiden flight to Germany in 1936. In 1937, Lewis made a substantial number of recordings for the Thesaurus series for radio broadcast. The discs were produced for NBC by RCA. A collection of her recordings from His Master’s Voice, Victor Talking Machine Company, and the Thesaurus series has been re-mastered and reproduced on a set of CDs by Ward Marston, a music lover and sound engineer. The two-CD set by Marston Records of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, Mary Lewis, the Golden Haired Soprano, was released in October 2005.

Lewis was separated from Hague, who later died on March 8, 1939, leaving her an estate that consisted of indebtedness. Lewis herself died on December 31, 1941, in New York, following a lengthy illness. After services in New York City, a second service was held on January 5, 1942, at the Second Baptist Church in Little Rock. She was buried in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander (Pulaski County).


Lewis, Ruby:

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Hazel Lewis performed in Ziegfeld's musicals A Winsome Widow (1912) and The Century Girl (1916-1917) and in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1912, 1913, and 1916. According to the theatre programs, she also performed in the Midnight Frolic of April 27, 1915 (The Evening Mail), the Midnight Frolic of November 26, 1917, and the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of September 22, 1919. She is also shown in a full page NY Tribune Rotogravure, "The New Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic In The Making," dated January 3, 1916 so performed in that show as well.


Lindsey, Edna: [no pics]

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Edna Lindsey performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1919.

She may have preceded Mildred Sinclair in Act II, Episode 1: Harem Life (as a dancer of the harem) or vice versa. (Ref: The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin by Irving Berlin, Robert Kimball, Linda Emmett)


Little, Ann (aka Little, Anna): [ACJ]

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Ann Little was a serial heroine who performed in silent films from 1911-1925. Early on she used the name Anna Little.


Lloyd, Doris: [misc]

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(July 3, 1896 - May 21, 1968) Doris Lloyd performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917, 1921, 1922, 1924, and 1925. She also performed in films from 1920-1967.


Loftus, Gladys: [ACJ]

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Gladys Loftus as Sunlight - Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1920 - by Alfred Cheney Johnston (click for larger image)

Gladys Loftus performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1915, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1921, 1924, and 1925. She also performed in Ziegfeld's musical Miss 1917 and she performed as Sunlight in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1920 (Oct edition). According to the theatre programs, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball of 1918, the Midnight Frolic of July 29, 1918, the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of September 22, 1919, the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of March 8, 1920 (aka Ziegfeld Girls of 1920), the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock and Midnight Frolics of 1920 (May 31 edition), and the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1921 (April 11 edition).

"Gladys Loftus, was a featured girl in “Miss 1917,” the 1917 Ziegfeld Follies and the 1918 Midnight Revue where she played the central figure of Mercy, a Red Cross Nurse, in a Ben Ali Haggan tableaux. After her days as a performer were over, she remained in the theater as a sketch writer for revues." [David S. Shields]


Logan, Jacqueline: [ACJ]

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Dr. Macro's High Quality Movie Scans Website (pic 02)

(November 30, 1901 - April 4, 1983) Although she is not listed in ibdb as having been in any Ziegfeld productions, Wikipedia states: "She left Chicago and set out for New York City. Again Jacqueline was untruthful regarding her intentions. With her on her trip to New York was a theatrical troupe. She secured a small role in Floradora, a musical on Broadway in 1920. At this time Flo Ziegfeld noticed her and hired Logan for a job dancing on his Ziegfeld Roof. She replaced Billie Donovan who was leaving to act in films in Hollywood. Together with the Ziegfeld venture Jacqueline modeled as a prestigious Dobbs Girl in Alfred Cheney Johnston photographs."


Lomp, Helen: [no pics]

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Helen Lomp performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1920 (Feb 1, 1921 edition). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1921 (April 11 edition).


Long, Sally: [ACJ]

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(December 5, 1901 - August 12, 1987) Although ibdb does not list Sally Long as having performed in any Ziegfeld productions, the NY Times states: "Broadway impresario Florenz Ziegfeld was rumored to have insured Sally Long for 100,000 dollars against her falling in love and leaving his Follies." According to the theatre program, she performed in the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of September 22, 1919. Her images are sometimes named Sally Louise Long.

"Sally Long was a revue girl with a photogenic jaw line that showed best with modernistic bangs; indeed her striking facial appearance got her out of the chorus, into featured dancer roles in George White’s Scandals of 1922, The Ziegfeld Follies, and “Kid Boots,” and finally onto the screen. Married at age sixteen and and twice a mother by 19, she traveled from Kansas City to New York to break into show business. Ziegfield signed her and took out a $100,000 insurance policy against her marrying or falling in love unaware that she was an experienced matron. The secret marriage with Leo Tuey lasted until 1926. Long’s movie career was brief, but intense. She had a bit part in a 1918 production, but established herself in 1924, having gone west. A physical performer, she played in westerns, in 1920s “modern youth films,” and action features such as “The Thrill Seekers.” She was named a Wampas Baby in 1926. Sound killed her career." [David S. Shields]


Lorber, Martha:

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Martha Lorber performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922 and 1924.


Lord, Pauline: [ACJ]

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(August 8, 1890 - October 10, 1950) Pauline Lord performed on Broadway from 1912-1944. She was best known for her performance as Anna Christie. She also performed in films in 1934 and 1935.


Lorraine, Alice: [ACJ]

I have one other pic of Alice Lorraine used in a 1931 Stetson Hats for Women ad that corroborates id. Photo is by Forbath & Murray.


Lorraine, Lillian: [ACJ]

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(January 1, 1892 - April 17, 1955) Lillian Lorraine performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, and 1918 and in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of July 29, 1918, and the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of March 8, 1920 (aka Ziegfeld Girls of 1920). She also performed in Ziegfeld's musicals Miss Innocence (1908), Over The River (1912). According to the theater programs, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball of 1918, the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of March 1920 (aka Ziegfeld Girls of 1920), and the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock and Midnight Frolics of 1920 (May 31 edition).


Lorraine, Lolo (aka Lorraine, Lola) [roto 1916]

According to the theatre program, Lola Lorraine performed as Lolo Lorraine in The Midnight Frolic of April 27, 1915 (The Evening Mail). According to the theatre program, she performed as Lola Lorraine in The Midnight Frolic of November 26, 1917. As shown in two full page rotogravures from the NY Tribune dated January 3, 1916 and June 11, 1916, she also performed in the Midnight Frolic that year as Lolo Lorraine.


Lubetty, Madeline [no pics]

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Madeline Lubetty performed in the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of September 22, 1919.


Luce, Claire: [ACJ]

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(October 15, 1903 - August 31, 1989) Claire Luce performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927 and in Ziegfeld's Revue No Foolin' (1926). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925 (Jan 1926, Forrest Theatre, Phil PA).


Ludmilla, Anna: [ACJ]

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Anna Ludmilla performed on Broadway from 1921-1922.


Lunnay, Mildred:

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Mildred Lunnay performed in Ziegfeld's musical Rio Rita (1927-1928). According to a photo in Artists and Models Aug 1925, she also performed in the Spring Edition of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925. According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925 (Jan 1926, Forrest Theatre, Phil PA).


Lyon, Wanda (aka Lyons): [ACJ]

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Wanda Lyon performed on Broadway from 1916-1943.


Lynn, Neva:

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Neva Lynn performed in Ziegfeld's musicals Simple Simon (1930), Smiles (1930-1931, and Hot-Cha! (1932).


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