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Claudia Dell, Vintage Ziegfeld Girl, Singer, dancer, actress, model.

Claudia Dell ... "Ziegfeld Girl."

Claudia got her start as a showgirl in New York where she studied acting, singing and dancing at Juliard. Her first legit stage role was in 1926 'Gay Paree'. After 'Gay Paree' she became an understudy to Miss Irene Delroy in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927. As with most Ziegfeld girls she modeled for Alfred Cheney Johnson (photo left). Eventually traveling to the London stage, talent scouts from Warner Brothers pictures noticed her in 'Mary Mary' and asked her to come to Hollywood to star in some pictures with her first film being Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1930), by 1934 she would be contracted by Universal Studios.

According to Wikipedia 'After her film career faltered, Dell was under contract for five years with RKO Howard Hughes organization and did many Lux Radio Theater programs for Cecil B. DeMille and Orson Welles. She had her own television show in New York, "Leave It to the Girls," and later a 1970's radio program 'The Claudia Dell Show.' She also was a Modeling Instructor for John Robert Powers agency.

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