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Ruby Keeler and Lee Dixon

Stage Name

Birth Name

Ruby Keeler Ethel Hilda Keeler

    Ruby came from an Irish family, whose parents were accomplished Ballroom dancers themselves, with Ruby being the second of three children. Ruby went to a professional children's school as a child. Keeler became a talented Tap dancer though not really graceful, continued thru her mother's support. Later when Ruby was 12, her family enrolled her in the 'Jack Blue School of Rhythm and Taps' and by the age of thirteen was a chorus girl in 'The Rise of Rosie O'Reilly' and shortly after a dancer in Texas Guinan's nightclub.

    A Canadian-born chorus girl who hoofed in Broadway shows for several years before marrying entertainer Al Jolson in 1928, made her screen debut at her husband's home studio. Al Jolson first met Keeler at Texas Guinan's nightclub in New York. Jolson and Keeler were also wed in 1928.

Ruby Keeler Autograph
    Her typical day at Guinan's club started at 12:30 p.m. and ended at 4:30 a.m. and by 1928 Keeler was dancing in the Ziegfeld Follies and later would headline at the Florentine Gardens Nightclub in Los Angeles. Keeler moved on to motion pictures, with her first big movie role being in 42nd Street. One of Keeler's most memorable dance's was when she danced in the movie 'Ready, Willing and Able' in the 'Typewriter dance scene,' in which she and partner danced on a giant typewriter. She has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6730 Hollywood Blvd.

Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Halifax, Nova Scotia 8/25/1910 - 2/28/1993 Al Jolson (1928-40)
five total
    John Lowe Al Jr (Adopted)

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles

Ballroom Al Jolson* n/a
Buck and Wing Lee Dixon      
Highland Fling Dick Powell      
Tap James Cagney      
       

Night Clubs

Theaters

Stage

Casino de Paris* 46th Street Theater (1971) 1921 - Highland Fling (recital)
Florentine Gardens New Amsterdam Theater (1927) 1923 - The Rise of Rosie O'Reilly
Texas Guinan's Ritz Theater (1927) 1927 - Bye Bye Bonnie
      Ziegfeld Theater (1929) 1927 - Lucky
            1927 - Sidewalks of New York
            1928 - Ziegfeld Girl
            1929 - Show Girl
            1933 - 42nd. Street
            1971 - No-No Nanette
         

Films

Television

Publications

1930 - Show Girls In Hollywood 1963 - Greatest Show on Earth Screen Shots #10
$1933 - Footlight Parade 1963 - Vacations Playhouse 9/1/1933 - Film Weekly Mag
$1933 - Forty-Second Street [ DVD]       2/1934 - Silver Screen Mag
$1933 - Golddiggers of 1933       7/1935 - Movie Mirror
1934 - And She learned about Dames       5/1937 - Photoplay Magazine
$1934 - Dames       12/1965 - Films In Review Mag
$1934 - Flirtation Walk       2/9/1971 - Look Magazine
1935 - Go Into Your Dance       $ Ruby Keeler: Photographic Bio
1935 - Shipmates Forever          
1936 - Colleen            
1937 - Ready, Willing and Able            
1938 - Hollywood Handicap            
1938 - Mother Carey's Chickens            
1941 - Sweetheart of the Campus            
1956 - Love Goddess            
$1969 - They Shoot Horses Don't They            
1970 - The Phynx            
$1975 - Brother Can You Spare a Dime            
$1985 - That's Dancing            
$1989 - Beverly Hills Brats            
Shanghai Lil            
Latin From Manhattan (aka: Go Into your dance)            

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