Monday, 2nd May 2005
One arresting piece of news lightened up the newsletter during April: Doris Eaton Travis, a former Ziegfeld Girl – now at the age of 101 – made her comeback on the Broadway stage in the 19th annual fund-raiser for AIDS.
“It is very thrilling and very delightful to step out onto that (New) Amsterdam Theatre, where my career in musical comedy theatre started,” she said during rehearsals for a tap number with twelve male dancers.
Ms Travis was hired by Florenz Ziegfeld in 1918; then moved to Hollywood to appear in several silent films before returning to Broadway to star with Al Jolson in “Big Boy”.
I was especially pleased to put this into the newsletter (and thanks to Liz Elliott Liebermann in Las Vegas for alerting me to this memorable event). This website’s underlying mission is to encourage professional performance at any age. This is a wonderful example. Way to go, Doris!