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Ann Pennington

Stage Name

Birth Name

Ann Pennington

Anna Pennington

Aka: Anne, Penny, Tiny  

         Ann Pennington was very popular and known as the most petite (4' 9" tall) of what was then called the " Shake and Quiver dancers." Became famous for her rendition of The Black Bottom. She began her career on Broadway as a member of the chorus in The Red Widow (1911) and made her debut in the Ziegfeld Follies in 1913, She actually stopped the show when she danced for Flo Ziegfeld in his 1913 Follies. It was no wonder that she quickly rose as one Ziegfeld's top stars of the show and sometimes earning a salary of $1000 per week at one point in her career.

   Ann Pennington danced many dances as well as the Black Bottom, Charleston and could tap dance as well as any male performer. She was also a limber dancer and could do splits and High Kicks as well. She also danced in some of the George White's Shows ("Scandals") and was a " Gold Digger Girl."

Ann Pennington Autograph
   Miss Pennington also tried her hand at acting and played a few minor supporting roles on film in the early 1940's and continued dancing and appearing on Stage, Vaudeville and even performed in the 1939 Worlds Fair continuing well into the late 1940's then finally retiring.

Birth Place

Birth Date



Wilmington , DE 12/23/1893 - 11/4/1971 n/a n/a

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles

The Black Bottom Allen Kearns 1927 - George White Scandals (Black Bottom)
The Charleston Brooke Johns 1929 - Those Tanned Legs
Snake Hips George White 1930 - Believe Me (sang)
Tap Dance/ Soft Shoe Tom Patricola 1930 - I'm Getting Myself Ready For You
Tangorilla Diaghilev 1931 - Is Rhythm Necessary
  June Clyde 1929 - Snake Hips
        1929 - You're Responsible

Night Clubs



Various N.Y. Clubs Cumberland Theatre (1930) 1913 to 1924 - Ziegfeld Follies
      New Amsterdam (1913) 1915 - Passing Show ( Ned Wayburn)
            1917 - Miss
            1919 to 1926 - George White Scandals
            1925 - Pretty Ladies
            1929 - Gold Diggers Of Broadway
          1930 - Is Everybody Happy
            1930 - The New Yorker
            1931 - Everybody's Welcome
        1931 - the New Yorkers
        1939 - NY Worlds Fair (clip)
            Diaghilev Ballet Company
            Tip Toe through The Tulips

video clips

Films / Clips

Television / Clips


Clip not available 1916 - Susie Snowflake n/a 12/29/1918 - Chicago Tribune
Clip not available 1916 - The Rainbow Princess       4/1926 - Film Fun Magazine
Clip not available 1917 - The Little Boy Scout       1/1927 - Photoplay Magazine
Clip not available 1917 - Antics of Ann       12/1928 - Dance Magazine
Clip not available 1918 - Sunshine Nan       9/30/1929 - Photo Play Magazine
Clip not available 1924 - Manhandled       ?/1929 - Night Parade Magazine
Clip not available 1925 - Mad Dancer       3/1/1938 - Look Magazine
Clip not available 1925 - A Kiss in the Dark*            
Clip not available 1925 - Lucky Horseshoe*            
Clip not available 1925 - The Pretty Ladies            
Clip not available 1925 - Madame Behave        
Clip not available 1925 - Golden Strain, The            
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1929 - Gold Diggers of Broadway*            
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1929 - Happy Days ( Does snake Hips)        
Clip not available 1929 - Is Everybody Happy            
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1929 - Roof Garden Dancer* ( From Tanned Legs)        
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1929 - Night Parade* ( Aka: Sporting Life)            
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1929 - Tanned Legs*( Those Tanned Legs)            
Clip not available 1929 - Hello Baby!            
Clip not available 1930s - Pepper Shaker (short)            
Clip not available 1936 - The Great Ziegfeld [DVD]*            
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1939 - Worlds Fair        
Clip not available 1940 - Texas Terrors*            
Clip not available 1941 - The Unholy Partners            
Clip not available 1942 - China Girl*          
Clip not available 1991 - Best of Burlesque [DVD]        

NOTE:* = danced