Ziegfeld Girls

From 1907-1931, the Ziegfeld Follies (named after producer Florenz Ziegfeld) were an annual Broadway production based on the Folies Bergere in Paris. Top headliners were showcased. But the real attraction were the Ziegfeld Girls, chorus girls who wore amazing costumes (created by top designers, like Erte and Lady Duff Gordon) and essentially walked up and down an enormous set of stairs on stage. Here are their stories…

Ziegfeld Girls

Gilda Gray

Ziegfeld Girl Gilda Gray was the original “shimmy” girl. When she sang and danced, she would shake

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Ziegfeld Girls

Peggy Fears

Coming Out Gay After appearing in the Ziegfeld Follies four times, Ziegfeld Girl Peggy Fears married a

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Ziegfeld Girls

Mae Murray

Mae Murray was known as “The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips.” During the silent movie era, many

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Ziegfeld Girls

Anna Held

She was born in present-day Poland of Jewish parents. However, in 1881, they were forced to flee

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“How little the public realizes what a girl must go through before she finally appears before the spotlight that is thrown upon the stage.”

Florenz Ziegfeld