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Vintage Ziegfeld Girl, Gibson Girl, Showgirl, Dancer: "Annabelle Moore"

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Annabelle Moore ... "Ziegfeld Girl," "the original Gibson Girl," "Peerless Annabelle."

At age 15 Annabelle achieved much notoriety by Skirt dancing in Chicago's 1893 Columbian World Exposition. After this she moved to New York and got hooked up with Thomas Edison and made her first film at 16 in 1894 and later Biograph films. Was one of Oscar Hammersteins "Prima Donna's" in his 'Light Opera Company in 1910.

Ziegfeld used Annabella in hisr first follies and she was also his firt feature as a Gibson Bathing Girl in 1907. Annabelle danced in the Follies from 1907 to 1912 and was also a Nell Brinkley Girl in the 1908 follies. Annabelle is reported to have earned upwards of $1,000 per week.

After her marriage to Buchan she retired from dancing. A few years after her husband died Annabelle passed away in Chicago's Augustana Hospital at the age of 83 on November 30, 1961, reportedly penniless. Her name Annabelle and Annabella are both used for her.

Photo 1: Shows Annabella in a period outfit looking gorgeous. especially with the hat and Bow.

  • Birth Name: Annabelle Whitford Moore
  • Birth Date: 7/6/1878-11/29//1961
  • Birth Place: Chicago, Cook, IL. USA
  • Married: Dr. Edward James Buchan (married 1910-1958, his death)
  • Parents: Edward P. Whitford | William S. Moore (stepfather) Amanda Pittman-Moore (Widow of Edward.)
  • Clubs/Theaters: Chases Theatre ('10) | Daileys Theatre | Iroquois Theater | Jardin de Paris ('09) | National ('07) |

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