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Encyclopedia > Ruby Keeler
Ruby Keeler
Born 25 August 1909
Flag of Canada Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died 28 February 1993
Flag of United States Rancho Mirage, California, USA

Ruby Keeler, born Ethel Hilda Keeler, (August 25, 1909February 28, 1993), was an actress, singer, and dancer most famous for her on-screen coupling with Dick Powell in a string of successful early musicals at Warner Brothers. Image File history File links Ruby_Keeler. ... August 25 is the 237th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (238th in leap years), with 128 days remaining. ... 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Motto: Template:Unhide = E Mari Merces (Wealth from the Sea) Logo: Location City Information Established: April 1, 1996 Area: (former city) 79. ... Motto: Munit Haec et Altera Vincit(Latin) One defends and the other conquers Capital Halifax Largest city Halifax Regional Municipality Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Mayann E. Francis - Premier Rodney MacDonald (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 11 - Senate seats 10 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Rancho Mirage is a city located in Riverside County, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... August 25 is the 237th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (238th in leap years), with 128 days remaining. ... 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


Keeler was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1909 (although some sources, including ([1]) have indicated the year was 1910), of Irish Catholic extraction. She was the sister of minor actresses, Helen and Gertrude Keeler. Motto: Template:Unhide = E Mari Merces (Wealth from the Sea) Logo: Location City Information Established: April 1, 1996 Area: (former city) 79. ... Motto: Munit Haec et Altera Vincit(Latin) One defends and the other conquers Capital Halifax Largest city Halifax Regional Municipality Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Mayann E. Francis - Premier Rodney MacDonald (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 11 - Senate seats 10 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... Irish Catholics are persons of predominantly Irish descent who adhere to the Roman Catholic faith. ...


Three years later, her family packed up and moved to New York City. There were six children, so although Keeler was interested in taking dance lessons, the family simply could not afford to send her. “New York, NY” redirects here. ...


Keeler attended a parochial school on the East Side of New York City, and one period per week, a dance teacher would come and teach all styles of dance. The teacher saw potential in Keeler and spoke to her mother about Ruby taking lessons at her studio. Although her mother declined, apologizing for the lack of money, the teacher wanted to work with her so badly, that she asked her mother if she would bring her to a class lesson on Saturdays, and she agreed. East Side is the name of the following places in the United States of America: East Side Township, Minnesota East Side, Pennsylvania You may also be looking for: Manhattans Lower East Side or Upper East Side Oklahoma Citys Eastside The Eastside, the eastern suburbs of Seattle The film...


During the classes, a girl she danced with told her about auditions for chorus girls. The law said you had to be 16 years old, and although they were only 13, they decided to lie about their ages at the audition. It was a tap audition, and there were a lot of other talented girls there. The stage was covered, except for a wooden apron at the front. When it was Ruby's turn to dance, she asked Julian Mitchell, the dance director for the show, if she could dance on the wooden part so that her taps could be heard. Julian Mitchell (born May 1, 1935) is a British screenwriter, especially for TV. He was screenwriter for many Inspector Morse episodes. ...


He did not answer, so she went ahead, walked right up to the front of the stage, and started the routine there. He said, "who said you could dance up there?" She replied, "I asked you!" and got a job in George M. Cohan's The Rise of Rosie O'Reilly in 1923, in which she made forty-five dollars a week to help her family. George M. Cohan George Michael Cohan (July 3 or July 4, 1878 – November 5, 1942) was a United States entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer, director, and producer of Irish descent. ...


During her days at Texas Guinan's nightclub, Keeler met legendary entertainer Al Jolson. The couple began dating and wed in 1928; she was 19 and he was 42. The marriage (during which they adopted a son) was a rocky one and the couple divorced in 1940. Keeler remarried in 1941 to John Homer Lowe, and they had four children; Lowe died of cancer in 1969. Mary Louise Cecilia Texas Guinan (January 12, 1884 – November 5, 1933) was a saloon keeper, actress, and entrepreneur. ... Al Jolson (born Asa Yoelson, May 26, 1886 – October 23, 1950) was an acclaimed European singer and actor whose career lasted from 1911 until his death in 1950. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 1933, producer Darryl F. Zanuck cast Keeler in the Warner Bros. musical 42nd Street opposite Dick Powell and Bebe Daniels. The film was a huge success due to the innovative Busby Berkeley's lavish choreography. As a result of her performance in 42nd Street, Jack L. Warner gave Keeler a long-term contract and cast her in such hits as Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) and Dames (1934). Darryl Francis Zanuck (September 5, 1902–December 22, 1979) was a producer, writer, actor and director who played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as one of its longest survivors (the length of his career being rivalled only by that of Adolph Zukor). ... Warner Bros. ... For the film of this name, see 42nd Street (film). ... Richard Ewing Dick Powell (November 14, 1904 – January 2, 1963) was an American singer, actor, producer, and director. ... Bebe Daniels in the 1920s Bebe Daniels (14 January 1901 - 15 March 1971) was a United States actress. ... Kaleidoscopic Choreography from Footlight Parade, 1933 Busby Berkeley (November 29, 1895 – March 14, 1976), born William Berkeley Enos in Los Angeles, California, was a highly influential Hollywood movie director and musical choreographer. ... This article is about Jack Warner, the head of Warner Brothers. ... Gold Diggers of 1933 is an American musical film directed by Mervyn LeRoy with choreography by Busby Berkeley. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... A statue of an armoured knight of the Middle Ages For the chess piece, see knight (chess). ...


Not anxious to be a movie star, and happy in her second marriage, Keeler left show business in 1941, and went on to raise five children. In 1971, she came out of retirement to star in the hugely successful Broadway revival of No, No, Nanette, along with fellow Irish-Americans Helen Gallagher and the late Patsy Kelly. The production was directed by Keeler's 42nd Street director, Busby Berkeley. Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... No, No, Nanette is an English musical comedy with lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach, music by Vincent Youmans, and a book by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel. ... Helen Gallagher (born July 19, 1926 in New York City) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ... Patsy Kelly was an American film comedienne, who was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 12, 1910. ... For the film of this name, see 42nd Street (film). ... Kaleidoscopic Choreography from Footlight Parade, 1933 Busby Berkeley (November 29, 1895 – March 14, 1976), born William Berkeley Enos in Los Angeles, California, was a highly influential Hollywood movie director and musical choreographer. ...


Ruby Keeler was among the first tap dancing stars of motion pictures. She was an Irish Step Dancer. Irish Step Dancing is where all tap dancing originated. Both the shoes and the style were different from regular tap dance. Instead of metal taps, the soles were wooden, and hard. Buck dancers stayed in relatively the same place on stage, and their concern was the rhythm coming from their feet, rather than how they looked on stage. They stayed on the balls of their feet most of time, which meant that their torsos moved very little, and the movements were isolated to below the waist. Because of this style of movement, the early Buck dancers often appeared less graceful in comparison with later tap dancers.


Ruby Keeler died of cancer in Rancho Mirage, California, aged either 82 or 83, and was interred in the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange, California. She has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6730 Hollywood Blvd. Rancho Mirage is a city located in Riverside County, California. ... Nickname: Motto: A Slice of Old Town Charm Location of Orange within Orange County, California. ... A band plays on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


References

Frank, Rusty E. and Hines, Gregory (1994). Tap! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and their Stories 1900-1955. Da Capo Press, Inc.. ISBN 0-306-80635-5. 


Filmography

  • Show Girl in Hollywood (1930) (cameo)
  • 42nd Street (1933)
  • Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
  • Footlight Parade (1933)
  • And She Learned About Dames (1934) (short subject)
  • Dames (1934)
  • Flirtation Walk (1934)
  • Go Into Your Dance (1935)
  • Shipmates Forever (1935)
  • Colleen (1936)
  • Ready, Willing and Able (1937)
  • Hollywood Handicap (1938) (short subject)
  • Mother Carey's Chickens (1938)
  • Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 6 (1940) (short subject)
  • Sweetheart of the Campus (1941)
  • The Phynx (1970) (cameo)
  • Beverly Hills Brats (1989)

42nd Street is a 1933 musical film, set on the famous Manhattan street of that name, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. ... Gold Diggers of 1933 is an American musical film directed by Mervyn LeRoy with choreography by Busby Berkeley. ... Kaleidoscopic Choreography from Footlight Parade, 1933 Footlight Parade is a 1933 musical film which tells the story of a man (James Cagney) struggling to replace his earlier career as a Broadway musical producer with a new career as a creator of short musical numbers called prologues, presented in movie theaters... A statue of an armoured knight of the Middle Ages For the chess piece, see knight (chess). ... Flirtation Walk is a 1934 musical romance about a soldier (Dick Powell) who falls in love with the generals daughter (Ruby Keeler), but her father ships her off before their relationship can blossom. ... Ready, Willing, and Able is a 1937 musical film starring Ruby Keeler, featuring Lee Dixon, Allen Jenkins, Louise Fazenda, Carolyn Hughes. ...

See also


  Results from FactBites:
 
Ruby Keeler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (754 words)
Ruby Keeler, born Ethel Hilda Keeler, (August 25, 1909 - February 28, 1993), was an actress, singer, and dancer.
When it was Ruby's turn to dance, she asked Julian Mitchell, the dance director for the show, if she could dance on the wooden part so that her taps could be heard.
Ruby Keeler died of cancer in Rancho Mirage, California at the aged either 82 or 83, and was interred in the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange, California.
Ruby Keeler - Northern Stars (1736 words)
Ruby's father was an iceman, who delivered ice from home to home; Ruby's mother was a stage mother and when the children started performing, she was responsible for all of the children's costumes and was instrumental in supporting the children in all their show business endeavors.
Ruby's youth and teenage years saw her dancing in theaters, and clubs and she was always a favorite with the audiences.
However Ruby was not forgotten and by the 1950s she began to receive requests for television appearances and special spots in stage shows which she accepted.
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