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Stage Name

Birth Name

Tony De Marco Antonio De Marco
Nina Kroner (Nina De Marco) Helen Kroner
Renée (aka Renee LeBlanc) Renée Nerney-Coates
Sally Craven (Sally DeMarco) Ora Lee Allen
      The De Marco's were actually one of eight different partners. Tony De Marco started dancing in Burlesque and moved into Vaudeville. This would eventually lead him to musicals and later movies. The most famous three were actually really married to Tony. Antonio first married Nina Kroner, then Renée, then Sally.

   Renee and Tony were separated in 1938, with Renée filing for divorce in 1939 and finally divorcing in 1941 ( When he got Sally for a partner). Tony and Renée was the most famous of all Tony's partners before his teaming with Sally ( A ballet dancer.)

    Sally started dancing with Tony in 1941 and married him in 1944. Tony and Sally would become the most famous of all the teaming's. Sally DeMarco danced in the movie "Gone with the Wind," portraying Vivian Leigh in all the non close up shots of Vivian dancing, as Vivian couldn't dance.

   All three De Marco's were one of the most successful exhibition Ballroom dance teams along with Veloz and Yolanda and Marge and Gower Champion. They appeared with Ginger Rogers in the Broadway play "Girl Crazy" in 1930. Renée had a son named Kevin Coates.

Birth Place

Birth Date



(Tony) Buffalo, NY 1/1/1898 - 11/14/1965 Nina, Sally, Renee n/a
(Renée) Montreal, Quebec, Canada? ?? Tony DeMarco, Paul Coates, Joe Cassidy Kevin Coates

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles

Waltz Ernest Belcher Swingin' Sisters In The Air (LP)
Adagio / Acrobatic Theodore Kosloff A Journey to a Star (w/ Wilson)
Latin Virginia Wilson No Love, No Nothin' (w/ Wilson)
Tango       Paducah (w/ Wilson)

Night Clubs



1934 - Persian Room, NY Apollo Theater (1924) 1914 - Hands Up
      Broadhurst Theater (1940) 1915 - Katinka ( Nina)
      Hollywood Theater (1941) 1916 - Miss Springtime ( Nina)
      Imperial Theater (1935) 1924 - George White's Scandals ( Tony)
        1925 - Cocoanuts(Tony)
            1929 - Music Box Revue
            1930 - Girl Crazy
        1932 - Hot-Cha! ( Renee, Tony)
            1935 - Jubilee! ( Tony, Choreo)
            1939 - Very Warm for May ( Sally)
            1940s - Slap Happy ( Tony & Renee)
        1940 - Boys and Girls Together ( Renee. Sally, Tony)
        1941 - Banjo Eyes ( Sally)
        1944 - Star Time (Sally)
            Eisenhower's Inauguration Ball ( Sally)




1935 - In Caliente' ( W/Sally) n/a 8/1935 - Vanity Fair Magazine
$1938 - The Shining Hour (& Choreo)       6/30/1941 - Time Magazine
$1939 - Gone with the Wind ( Sally)       4/1944 - Movie Life Magazine ( On separation)
1943 - Crazy House (w/Sally)       11/18/1946 - Life Magazine
1943 - Gangs All Here (w/ Virginia Wilson)        
1944 - Greenwich Village ( W/Sally)        
1953 - Sword Of Venus ( Renee) [ DVD]        

NOTE: Thanks to Beth ( Sally's niece) for added information and Pics on Tony and Sally DeMarco.
Also, Paul Rogers is looking for anyone with info on his relative -- Renee, E-mail him here.

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