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Vintage Ziegfeld Girl, Showgirl, Dancer, Actress, Instructor: "Doris Eaton Travis"


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a yOUNG dORIS eATON IS LOOKING IN THE MIRROR.

Doris Eaton ... "Ziegfeld Girl," "The Seven Little Eatons," "Paprika" "Mandy."

Doris started with Ziegfeld at age 14 when her older sister Pearl brought her to the New Amsterdam Theatre to watch her rehearse, Ned Wayburn saw her and immediately hired her as an understudy to Ann Pennington where she continued there until leaving the Follies in 1921. Each year until she turned 16 she had to change her name (aka: Doris Levant, Lucille Levant) to avoid the ('Gary Society') Child Labor Laws. Doris had a very supportive mother who was also the kids chaperon in the early days.

Her second year, she moved up ranks to 'Specialty Dancer' and after that a headliner. Doris would be in many plays, reviews and even a few movies to her credit. When the entertainment business was on decline, she went to work for Arthur Murray as a 'Tap dance Instructor' in 1936 to earn a steady paycheck. This eventually lead her to franchises (owned 18 Arthur Murray dance schools) and her own weekly half hour local (Detroit) television dance show which lasted seven years. Doris retired from dance in 1968 to become a 880 acre quarter-horse rancher in Oklahoma with her husband. Doris is reported to have been the last surviving Ziegfeld Girl. She died in May, 2010, she was 106 years old and is interred in Rochester, Michigan.



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