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Ziegfeld Chorus Girl Dies at 106

Adam Bernstein

Doris Eaton Travis, who died May 11 at 106, had a minor but remarkable place in theatrical history.

She grew up in Washington, where her father was a newspaper linotype operator, and with her siblings began appearing on the vaudeville circuit as the Seven Little Eatons. She was old enough to recall President Woodrow Wilson waving to them from his reserved seat on Friday nights at the Belasco Theatre.

At 14, she joined the Ziegfeld Follies and stayed with the Ziegfeld organization for three years, moving from chorus girl to solo dancer. She became a moderately successful actress on Broadway, which led The Post to interview her about her early career in D.C.. (She "heartily indorsed" (sic) the local school system -- gotta love it.)

Mrs. Travis was the youngest person ever hired for the Follies and, by the time of her death, she was its oldest surviving chorus girl.

Here she is, still spry, dancing at 101:

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 13, 2010; 12:03 PM ET
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I am completely blown away by that video. Bravo!

Posted by: mensan98th | May 13, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

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