Ziegfeld Follies' Peggy Shannon in "Waiting for D'Artagnan" in this photograph inspired by the bedroom scene from 'The Three Musketeers'. Sets designed by Joseph Urban. The production ran from March to December 1928. Based upon the book by Alexandre Dumas. Peggy Shannon was put under contract to Paramount Pictures in 1931. Sadly there was no fairy tale ending for this incredible beauty.
Doris Eaton Travis, the last surviving Ziegfeld Follie and silent film actress, died regal age of 106. Wasn't she just stunning! Her face is very ethereal and fairy-like. She was only 14 when she joined the Follies, the youngest to debut with them ever. She was such an inspiration. It really is the end of an amazing chapter in burlesque and vaudeville history.
Orli Wald was a member of the German Resistance in Nazi Germany. She was arrested in 1936 and charged with high treason, whereupon she served four and a half years in a women's prison, followed by "protective custody" in Nazi concentration camps until 1945, when she escaped. She was a prisoner functionary in the infirmary at Auschwitz-Birkenau and because of her helpfulness to Jewish and other prisoners, was called the "Angel of Auschwitz".
Actress/dramatic teacher Maude Fealy, the daughter of actress Margaret Fealy, was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 3, 1881. Maude made her acting debut at three years of age in one of her mother's productions, "Faust". She was quite successful over the next few years, appearing in productions all over the US and Canada.
Faith Bacon, 1931 A popular burlesque dancer whose star faded. In 1956, she was walking calmly down the 4th story stairs of her hotel when she suddenly opened a windon. A friend grabbed at her skirt, but she tore away and jumped. Her body landed on the roof of a one-story saloon next door. She was 46 years old. Her friend told reporters that Bacon “wanted the spotlight again. She would have taken any kind of work in show business.”