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Catherine Moylan ... Vintage  Ziegfeld Girl, Dancer, Showgirl, Actress photo 1

Catherine Moylan ... "Ziegfeld Girl," "1st Beauty Queen of the Universe."

The beautiful Catherine was born in Rochester, NY along with her brother was raised in Dallas Texas. In her later teens won a beauty pageant 'Corpus Christie Bathing Beauty Review' as 'Miss San Antonio' and later the Annual Bathing Girl Revue - International Pageant of Pulchritude making her 'Miss Dallas of 1926' (senior division) which took her to to the Miss Universe pageant where she again won the title of Miss Universe of 1926. These contests got her noticed by Florence Ziegfeld who glorified her in his 1927 Follies, then Rio Rita, Rosalie and Whoopie stage extravaganza's and made her a bigger star.

Became known for her revealing stage costumes and nude work for photographer Alfred Cheney Johnson. As other Ziegfeld stars she did magazine ads as well such as Lucky Strike cigarette, Lingerie and the 'Patsy Oxford' for Guarantee Shoe Co. ads. Was involved in a 'Breach of Marriage' scandal in 1930 for not giving back 18k of Jewelery given to her by her fiancée Dr. Morton Berson, he filed suit and a replevin action² (she eventually did).

Catherine died at age 65 in 1969 of Rheumatic Heart Disease with other surprising complications on her death certificate. She had one daughter, 8 grand daughters and three grand sons. She is interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Fort Worth Texas.



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