Doris Eaton Travis, the last Ziegfeld chorus girl, died of an aneurysm Tuesday. She had the distinction of being the youngest member the Ziegfeld Girls ever had, having lied about her age to begin dancing at 14 in 1918. But before she became a chorus girl, Travis and her siblings, “the seven little Eatons,” were celebrated for their stage performances and were familiar with early 20th century celebrities like George Gershwin and Charles Lindbergh. Travis danced with the Ziegfeld Follies for three years, leaving to perform in other stage productions, musical revues, and silent movies. In 1938, she opened and operated an Arthur Murray dance studio in Detroit.
As a chorus girl, Travis was known for wearing lavish chiffon and lace dresses and spectacular headdresses. She and the other Ziegfeld Girls, who were rumored to have measurements of exactly 36-26-38, were glorious spectacles of the American girl in the 1920s, but even in 2010, Travis’ flapper style is achievable and fashionable. Check out the look she inspired after the jump. [NY Times, PopEater]
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