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Girls order believed to be (left to right): Relyea, Greene, Walker, Tex-Smith, Wilson, Wayburn.

Stage Name

Birth Name(s)

The English Girls

See Below!
The Florodora Girls   
The Floradora Sextette  

    The most popular all Girl groups of the time was the English Girls later nicknamed the "Florodora Girls" and "Florodora Sextette" who performed the leggy, risqué dances popular during the time in the show entitled "Florodora" which opened in London on November 11, 1899, and later came to America in 1900 from the London Operetta. These leggy dancers became a chorus type dance

Group like the Goldwyn Girls, Tiller Girls, Goldiggers, Ziegfeld Girls etc. and a musical stock company of female dancers who appeared in many other musicals such as Ziegfelds productions. The six who opened the 1900 show were Marjorie Relyea, Daisy Greene, Margaret Walker, Vaughn Tex-Smith, Marie Wilson and Agnes Wayburn.

    The Florodora Sextet girls were largely responsible for the production turning from modest entertainment to a world wide phenomenon. New York society fawned over the girls, and all the sudden everyone wanted to hear them, see them and meet them. They were even invited to teas on Fifth Avenue and many affluent males of all ages, married or not started attending performances at the Metropolitan Opera House. What made them so popular ... Well, one of the first critics to revue and print said this: "One of the most uncompromisingly filthy plays ever seen in New York, and it is a shame that its representation is permitted by the police. Not one of the low burlesque theaters, which no decent person would think of visiting, would dare present such an unblushingly bawdy work for fear of clashing with the police." That revue was probably because of a rather novel feature of 'Florodora' was that it was devoid of the ladies wearing the usual tights with the exception of a single pair worn by the prima donna. After that, everyone had to see for themselves.

    Many of these ladies would later dance as Goldwyn Girls, Ziegfeld Girls and others as well as other musicals and movies in the 1900s-1940s. They were sometimes listed as "Models," "Showgirls" or "Chorus Girls." It was well known that if you danced in shows like Ziegfeld's, Flordora, Tiller's, the GW Scandals, etc., there was a good chance to marry a wealthy man. Ziegfeld is probably the one who started this as he would invite wealthy men to his shows, with the promise of meeting a pretty girl. Most of the girls of the Florodora would dance in the show, marry one of the rich patrons and then quit the show which over time produced over 70 Floradora dancers. Which is why the movie portrayed them so loosely. Soon after the organizers figured it out, they prohibited fraternization with the patrons.

    After concluding it's run in 1905, during which "Florodora" moved from the Casino to the New York Winter Garden Theater (not the 50th Street Winter Garden) and then to the Broadway Theater (was demolished in 1929.)


Last

First

Birthplace

Birthdate

Married

Performed

Birth Name or Notes

Davies Marion ?? ?? ?? ?? (Only Played a Florodora in the movie)
Darty's Paulette ?? ?? ?? ??  
Goldensky Reba ?? ?? ?? ?? (changed name to Golden)
Goodrich Edna England ?? ?? ??  
Green Daisy ?? ?? Waterman Original Sextette, also Ziegfeld Follies 1909 (joined show at age 15)
Nesbitt Evelyn ?? ?? Harry K. Thaw ?? circa 1907:( Husband charged with Murder)
Patterson Nan ?? ??   ?? circa 1904 (charged with murder)
Relyea Marjorie Albany, NY 1870-3/12/1946 William D. Holmes, Original Sextette, Hotel Topsy Turvey ??
Reeve Aida ?? ?? ?? Uk Productio ??
Tex-Smith Vaughn Texas ?? Isaac J. Hall ?? Vaughn Smith
Walker Margaret ?? ?? Yes, but divorced Original Sextette, 1925 Lucky Break, Gilbert & Sullivan operettas ??
Wayburn Agnes ?? ?? Ned Wayburn Original Sextette Moved to Europe and remarried after Wayburn divorce.
Wilson Marie ?? ?? 1st Harry Wimsatt, 2nd Fred Gebhardt Original Sextette, Glittering Gloria ??

Dance Types

Other / Misc.

Music Titles

Ballroom 1933 - Golddiggers Poster I Was A Floradora Baby
Ballet       In The Shade Of The Pal (1902)
Jazz       Tell Me Pretty Maiden (1902)
Tiller Type / Line            

Chorus Girl Publications

Theaters/ Clubs

Stage

$ Gold Digger Broadway Theatre Florodora (1899)
$ Gold Diggers of 1933 Casino Theatre (NY) Gay Lord Quex
$ Midnight Frolic ... Criterion Theater London Operetta (1899)
$ MGM Girls: Behind the Velvet Curtain Lyric Theatre (1899) London Passing Show of 1919
$ The Golden Girls of MGM: Winter Garden Theatre Show of Shows (1929)
$ Times We Had (Marion Davies)            
$ Ziegfeld Paper Dolls            

Gold Digger Films

Goldwyn Girl Films

Chorus Girl Movies

1923 - Gold Diggers 1930 - Whoopie 1925 - The Merry Widow
1929 - Gold Diggers of Broadway 1931 - Palmy Days 1930 - The Floradora Girl
1930 - The Floradora Girl $ 1932 - The Kid From Spain $ 1933 - 42nd. Street [ DVD]
$ 1933 - Footlight Parade $ 1934 - Kid Millions $ 1933 - Dancing Lady
$ 1933 - Gold Diggers of 1933 1934 - The Kid from Spain $ 1933 - Footlight Parade
$ 1934 - Wonder Bar $ 1938 - The Goldwyn Follies $ 1933 - Roman Scandals
$ 1935 - Gold Diggers of 1935 1938 - The Gold Diggers in Paris $ 1934 - Dames
1937 - Gold Diggers $ 1944 - Up In Arms 1934 - Geo. White's Scandals
1938 - Gold Diggers in Paris $ 1944 - Princess and the Pirate $ 1934 - Kid Millions
  $ 1945 - Wonder Man $ 1934 - Stand Up & Cheer

Television

Girl Groups
$1946 - Kid From Brooklyn $ 1934 - Wonder Bar
1965 - Dean Martin Show $ 1947 - Secret Life of Walter Mitty [ DVD] 1935 - Geo. White's Scandals
1970 - Golddigers in London $ 1936 - The Great Ziegfeld [ DVD]
1971 - The Golddigers $ 1955 - Guys and Dolls [ DVD] $ 1941 - Ziegfeld Follies
1977 - Dean Martin Special       1944 - Music In Manhattan
        $ 1946 - Ziegfeld Follies
      $ 1951 - Showboat [ DVD]
      $ 1968 - Funny Girl! [ DVD]
      $ A&E Biography - Ziegfeld
 

Other Girl Dance Groups

Choreographers

Albertina Rasch Girls Metro Goldwyn Mayer Girls Albertina Rasch
Chester Hale Girls Minstrel Misses ( Wayburn's) Busby Berkley
Copa Girls (Copacabana) Rockettes Chester Hale
Cotton Club Girls Roxettes (see Tiller & Rockettes) Fanchon and Marco
Fanchonettes, the Tiller Girls John Tiller
Fehnova Dancers, the Wally Wanger Girls Ned Wayburn
Florodora Sextet Girls (1900) Will Vodrey Girls Roxy, Samuel
Gertrude Hoffman Girls Varieties Dancing Girls Wally Wanger
Gleason Girls Yama Yama Girls (1905) Will Vodrey
Golddiggers Ziegfeld Girls      
Goldwyn Girls        
Leggy Rose Girls        
Leslie Norton Dancers        

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