Alfred Cheney Johnston & The Ziegfeld Girls



Talmadge, Norma: [ACJ]


The Norma Talmadge Website

(May 26, 1893 - December 24, 1957) Norma Talmadge was a famous actress who performed in films from 1910-1930.

Tanguay, Eva:


(August 1, 1879 – January 11, 1947) Eva Tanguay performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1909. She also performed in two films in 1916 and 1917. She had a long-lasting vaudeville career and eventually commanded one of the highest salaries of any performer of the day earning as much as $3,500 a week at the height of her fame around 1910. Eva Tanguay is remembered for brassy self-confident songs that symbolized the emancipated woman, such as "It's All Been Done Before But Not the Way I Do It," "I Want Someone to Go Wild With Me," "Go As Far As You Like," and "That's Why They Call Me Tabasco." In showbiz circles, she was nicknamed the "I Don't Care Girl," after her most famous song, "I Don't Care."

Tashman, Lilyan: [ACJ]


NY Times

(October 23, 1899 – March 21, 1934) Lilyan Tashman performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1916 and 1917. She also performed in Ziegfeld's musicals The Century Girl (1916-1917, as Lillian Tashman), Miss 1917 (1917-1918), and Dance and Grow Thin (1917). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball of 1918.

Taylor, Avonne: [ACJ]

NY Times

(February 12, 1899 - March 20, 1992) Avonne Taylor performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1920, 1921, and 1922. She performed as Twilight in the Midnight Frolic of 1920. According to the theatre programs, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of March 8, 1920 (aka Ziegfeld Girls of 1920), Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Frolic of 1920 (May 31 edition), and the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1921 (April 11 edition).

Taylor, Ellinore: [ACJ]

Dr. Macro's Annex (pic 01)

Ellinore Taylor performed on Broadway from 1920-1921.

Taylor, Estelle: [ACJ]


(May 20, 1894 - April 15, 1958) Estelle Taylor performed on Broadway in 1919 and 1928. She was also a film actress from 1923-1945.

Taylor, Lucille:

Lucille Taylor performed in Ziegfeld's musical Show Boat (1932 revival).

Taylor, Ruth:

NY Times

(January 13, 1908 - April 12, 1984) Ruth Taylor performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1918 and 1919.

Tenron, Dorothy: [ACJ]

No info available on Dorothy Tenron.

Terris, Norma: [ACJ]


Dr. Macro's Annex (pic 01)

(November 13, 1904 - November 15, 1989) Norma Terris performed as Kim in both the original production of Ziegfeld's musical Show Boat (1927) and the revival (1932).

"Norma Terris, famous as Magnolia Hawks in Show Boat, who sang the beautiful “Why do I Love You?” was born Norma Allison in Kansas. Her mother, a singer, named her after the heroine of Bellini’s opera, “Norma.” She premiered on Broadway in a small role in George M. Cohen’s “Little Nellie Kelly,” and was featured in two musicals before winning fame in Show Boat. A skilled mimic, an endearing singer, she played in the musical for two and a half years, and again in the 1932 revival. In between these stints as Magnolia, she performeded in two films at the dawn of the sound era, “Married in Hollywood” (1929) and “Cameo Kirby” (1930). Both are lost. With them all record of her voice has vanished since no commercial recordings of Terris were made. From mid-1930 to mid-1940 she was the diva of the Municipal Opera of St. Louis. From the 1940s through the 1980s she was on the board of the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation of Chester, Conn., and was a notable patron of the arts." [David S. Shields]

Terry, Ellen (aka Terry, Alice Ellen: [ACJ]


(February 27, 1848 - July 21, 1928) I have found no evidence to date that Ellen Terry ever performed in any Ziegfeld productions.

Thaw, Cornelia: [ACJ]

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

I have found no evidence to date that Cornelia Thaw ever performed in any Ziegfeld productions.

Thomas, Lena: [ACJ]

Lena Thomas performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1931.

Thomas, Olive: [ACJ]


NY Times

Biography: Olive Thomas (1894-1920), The Marilyn Monroe Of The Early Twentieth Century

(October 20, 1894 - September 10, 1920) Olive Thomas performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1915 and the Midnight Frolic of 1916. According to the theatre program, she also performed in The Midnight Frolic of April 27, 1915 (The Evening Mail).

Thompson, Marion:

Marion Thompson performed in the 1909 Ziegfeld Broadway musical Miss Innocence.

Thoreau, Myrtle:

Myrtle Thoreau performed in Ziegfeld's musical comedy Kid Boots (1923-1925).

Thurman, Mary: [ACJ]


(April 27, 1895 - December 22, 1925) I have found no evidence to date that Mary Thurman ever performed in any Ziegfeld productions.

Tobin, Genevieve: [ACJ]

NY Times

Broadway Photographs: Biography

(November 29, 1899 - July 21, 1995) Genevieve Tobin performed on Broadway from 1912-1930. She was also a film actress from 1910-1940.

"Born into an acting family, Genevieve Tobin was performing in children’s pageants and plays as an 8-year old with her brother George and sister Vivian. In summer of 1916 she and Vivian broke into vaudeville playing children’s roles in a playlet, “The Age of Reason,” at the Palace Theatre. By 1919 she was a featured performer on Broadway, appearing in “Palmy Days,” a comedy set in the California mining camps. Her role as “Cricket” had acerbic Alexander Woolcut gushing about her radiance and winsomeness as a seventeen-year old actress. Wolcott’s faith in her talent proved well founded the next year by her triumph in the costume drama, “In Little Old New York.” Playing Patricia, Tobin first appears disguised as a boy, but over the course of three acts sheds the trousers, wins the love of a wealthy guardian, and has adventures with the likes of John Jacob Astor and Cornelius Vanderbilt. Woolcot declared her the “new Maude Adams.” She followed this with another success, “Polly Preferred” about a salesman who advertises a chorus girl (Tobin) into movie stardom. Tobin was ambitious to expand her range from comedy. Despite a less than stellar singing voice, she scored a major hit as the female lead of the Jerome Kern/Howard Dietz musical, “Dear Sir,” in 1924. Throughout the next several seasons, Tobin’s career was stalled, until the 1927 farce, “Muray Hill,” written by co-star Leslie Howard revived her luster. She performed one further drama, “The Trial of Mary Dugan,” whose London premiere in 1927 won Tobin lavish praise from critics. Her stage career ended gloriously with the musical “Fifty Million Frenchmen.” Having trained her singing voice, she brought off Cole Porter’s “I’m in Love” with verve. Tobin in 1929 set her sights on Hollywood, and landed in a Paramount drawing room comedy admirably suited to her skills, “A Lady Surrenders.” Her professionalism, easy sense of ensemble, clear diction, and wit kept her before the camera throughout the decade. Indeed, she suffered something of over-exposure, appearing in 40 films from 1930 to 1940 with only a few—1934’s “Easy to Love” and “Dark Hazard,” 1936’s “Petrified Forest”—commanding enduring interest. By 1937 she had been relegated to supporting roles, and with the war, she left performing for good." [David S. Shields]

Tobin, Vivian: [ACJ]

(August 12, 1902 - August 6, 2002) I have found no evidence to date that Vivian Tobin ever performed in any Ziegfeld productions.

Trini (aka Ramos, Trini): [ACJ]

Trini performed on Broadway from 1923-1931.

Turner, Alberta: [ACJ]

Alberta Turner performed on Broadway in 1915. According to the theatre program, she also performed in The Midnight Frolic of April 27, 1915 (The Evening Mail). 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.