Ruby Keeler


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(b Halifax, NS, 25 Aug. 1909; d Los Angeles, 28 Feb. 1993)

US dancer and actress. She studied with Helen Guest and later with Jack Blue, giving some of her earliest performances with the Eastside Sextette in 1920. After working in various clubs and on Broadway she became a star attraction of the Ziegfeld productions. In 1933 she went to Hollywood to star in Busby Berkeley's 42nd Street and subsequently worked with Berkeley on many other films. During the mid-1960s there was a revival of interest in Berkeley's work and Keeler appeared frequently with him at screenings of their films. In 1971 she made a triumphant return to the stage in his 1971 Broadway revival of No, No, Nanette. She was married to Al Jolson (1929–39).

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