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Last Ziegfeld Follies Star Doris Eaton Travis Dies at 106
Broadway World ^ | 05/11/10

Posted on 05/11/2010 6:35:37 PM PDT by Borges

Doris Eaton Travis, the one-time Ziegfeld Follies star (and last surviving Ziegfeld girl), who was still kicking at the age of 106 at this year's Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnnet competition on April 26-27, has passed away this morning.

Tom Viola / Executive Director - BROADWAY CARES / EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS told BroadwayWorld.com that "Doris Eaton Travis was beloved at Broadway Cares. Since first meeting her at the very young age of 94 in 1998 when she appeared at the 12th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition at the New Amsterdam Theatre through 24th Annual Competition two weeks ago at The Minskoff - no matter her age when the stage lights his Doris she was instantly and forever young. Whether leading 30 Broadway dancers in a conga, playing sassy in a tux with the Cagelles, celebrating her 100th birthday on the New Amsterdam stage where she first appeared at age 16, teaching Sutton Foster "the Black Bottom" or the young ballerinas from BILLY ELLIOT in "Ballin' the Jack" - a number she had introduced in 1921, Doris was simply a delight. Broadway loved her, giving her a standing ovation just two weeks ago that I know she took to heart and I'm certain has taken with her. She taught us all a little bit about how to celebrate the past and live for today. We will miss her forever."

Viola also noted that "Doris' nephew, Joe Eaton, who travelled with Doris to numerous EASTER BONNET Competitions said that Doris had been having difficulty swallowing and had gone into the hospital on Sunday to be rehydrated. It was decided to take her back to the hospital this morning. She was talkative in the car, then chatting with the nurses, who had googled her since Sunday, about being a Ziegfeld girl and having just returned from the Bonnet Competition in New York City. But when she lay down on the doctor's table, she simply slipped away. Quietly, without incident and I'll bet the sound of the extraordinary ovation she received on stage at the Minskoff just two weeks ago today ringing in her ears."

Following her Ziegfeld years, Doris Eaton Travis was a featured star in many musical reviews, Broadway comedies and silent films. Nacio Herb Brown's classic "Singing In The Rain" was written for and introduced by Doris in the Hollywood Music Box Review. She starred in films made in New York, Hollywood, England and Egypt and after an absence of over sixty years, returned to Hollywood in 1999, and at the age of 95 was cast for a cameo role in Jim Carrey's "Man In The Moon."

In 1936, she was hired by the Arthur Murray Dance Studios in New York as a tap dance instructor. She remained with the Arthur Murray company for thirty-two years, advancing from teaching to owning her own school. Eventually Eaton Travis established and owned a total of eighteen Arthur Murray studios across Michigan. She authored a column of dance advice and commentary for the Detroit News entitled "On Your Toes" and hosted a local television program for seven years.

In 1992, aged 88, Eaton Travis graduated cum laude from the University of Oklahoma. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Oakland University in 2004 at the age of 100. In January 2008, Doris Eaton Travis, served as the Grand Marshal of the opening parade for the Art Deco Weekend festival in Miami Beach.

For the past number of years she has performed her dance magic on the New Amsterdam stage in the annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefits. She also continued to actively manage and operate her 880 acre ranch in Norman, Oklahoma.

Two great books are available about Doris Eaton Travis and her travels, Days We Danced: The Story of My Theatrical Family from Florenz Ziegfeld to Arthur Murray and Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: obituary

1 posted on 05/11/2010 6:35:38 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges
Pictures man, pictures.

/johnny

2 posted on 05/11/2010 6:37:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

3 posted on 05/11/2010 6:40:01 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Bless her heart, what a life!


4 posted on 05/11/2010 6:41:02 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Amateurish," agreed Janet Napolitano, the White House amateurishness czar.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

5 posted on 05/11/2010 6:41:11 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Borges
WOW. I hope I look that good at 60. She was an incredible personality.

/johnny

6 posted on 05/11/2010 6:42:15 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: The KG9 Kid; fieldmarshaldj

RIP. A “Not Guilty” for her prime too.


7 posted on 05/11/2010 6:42:36 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Tax-chick

My grandparents saw the follies on their honeymoon in 1925.


8 posted on 05/11/2010 6:43:10 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: Borges

Wow, this in incredible. She must have led a charmed life.


9 posted on 05/11/2010 6:44:56 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: dandiegirl

Wow, I’ll bet that was fun! Just like in a movie about the Roaring 20s.


10 posted on 05/11/2010 6:47:27 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Amateurish," agreed Janet Napolitano, the White House amateurishness czar.)
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To: Borges

Didn’t think any of the Ziegfield girls were still around.

Anyway, may Doris Eaton rest in peace...and thank you for entertaining so many.


11 posted on 05/11/2010 6:52:21 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Borges

“Singing in the Rain” was introduced by Cliff Edwards in “The Hollywood Revue of 1929.” There is no such film as “The Hollywood Music Box Revue.”


12 posted on 05/11/2010 7:32:35 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: Borges

“Singing in the Rain” was introduced by Cliff Edwards in “The Hollywood Revue of 1929.” There is no such film as “The Hollywood Music Box Revue.”


13 posted on 05/11/2010 7:32:37 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: Borges
These people that live long lives like this women amaze me. I wonder if they sometimes feel like they fell asleep and woke up in some futuristic world, imagine the changes she saw in 106 years.

I think best the long life story I read was about a women that was born in 1859 and died in 1971. She remembered going out with her family when she was 6 years old and seeing Abraham Lincoln's funeral train pass by. Then she lived long enough to see man land on the moon. I could not even fathom that, it would be like living in two totally different worlds.

14 posted on 05/11/2010 7:34:20 PM PDT by apillar
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To: The KG9 Kid

NOT GUILTY!!!


15 posted on 05/11/2010 7:34:40 PM PDT by Huck (Q: How can you tell a party is in the majority? A: They're complaining about the fillibuster.)
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To: Borges

I have no idea who this person was, but she lived a long and active life. Rest in peace.


16 posted on 05/11/2010 7:36:14 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Arthur McGowan

It was probably a Broadway show. There are more forms of entertainment than film.


17 posted on 05/11/2010 7:47:08 PM PDT by Nipfan (The desire to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it - H L Mencken)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Very pretty!


18 posted on 05/11/2010 8:14:07 PM PDT by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: Borges

Rest in Peace Doris... God bless you....


19 posted on 05/11/2010 9:33:07 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: Borges
She also continued to actively manage and operate her 880 acre ranch in Norman, Oklahoma.

Wow. This is not a good day for Norman, Oklahoma. They were just hit with some devastating tornadoes.

-PJ

20 posted on 05/11/2010 9:38:34 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s9N6O3J59I


21 posted on 05/11/2010 9:42:30 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: Borges

RIP.


22 posted on 05/12/2010 3:27:42 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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