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Pathe Film Company Fire - Beauties Lost Lives (12/10/1929)

adjusted pis of left Catherine Porter (16) Lower Right
Edna Buford (23) Upper Right
Norine Byrd (23, Betty Byrne) Lower Left
Jola Sparks (Moreno) Upper Left
Below is list of those who perished in the Pathe Film Studios fire while filming "Delmar's Miniture Revue."
Joseph Bishoff, a make-up man (Trapped), Anna Buford, 20, chorus girl (Suffocated), Norine Burne, 24, chorus girl (Stampeded), Charles Koerble, an electrician (Burned), Carl Kramer, an electrician (Burned), Robert Nussman, an electrician (Collapsed in death at scene), Catherine Porter, 21, chorus girl (Stampeded), Jack Quinn, a property man (Burned), Jola Sparks, 16, chorus girl (Trapped), Earnest Wilson, bookkeeper (Trapped).

Accompaning Newspaper article states:

     Trapped in the narrow corridors of the flaming, two-story building that housed the Pathe company's sound film studio in New York, these four girls were burned to death in the flimsy, bespangled ballet costumes in which they were being filmed for a miniature music revue. Catherine Porter, 16, lower right, had been called one of Broadway's most promising dancers. She was trapped in a stairway as she sought to escape the swiftly spreading fire. Edna Buford, 23, upper right, was rescued from the burning fire but died later in a hospital. Norine Byrd, 23, lower left, was a Broadway musical comedy star known on the stage as Betty Byrne. She had laughed at the warning of fire, according to companions, and refused to leave the studio. Jola Sparks, upper left, had danced in Broadway shows under the professional name of moreno.
(Special Thanks to: Bp1 site for locating this info and his excellent research at his blog site, its an excellent visit).
February 18, 2010

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