Ann Pennington
Ann Pennington
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Ian Landles to lead Oxfam fund-raising walk in park - Hawick Today
Google News - over 5 years
Hawick shop manager Ann Pennington said: “Our Scottish-themed book sale has already been incredible with 400 books being sold in the last two weeks, but we'd like to ask townsfolk to support Bookfest further by getting a ticket for the amble round the
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Then & now Shaun Cassidy - Irish Times
Google News - over 5 years
He married a Playboy playmate, Ann Pennington, and tried vainly to court a more mature audience with his 1980 album Wasp, produced by Todd Rundgren. With his TV and music biz options closing, Cassidy found work on the stage, starring in a Broadway
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Diane Marie Kiesselbach - Laguna Beach Independent
Google News - almost 6 years
She is survived by her brother, David Rudolph (Meg); sister in law Kathleen Davis; children David Kiesselbach (Maria); Ann Pennington (Tim); Kevin Kiesselbach; Julie Sullivan( Gary); and grandchildren, Michelle, John, Justin, Kenny, Tommy, Deanna,
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Mae Barnes, 89, Jazz Singer Famous for the Charleston
NYTimes - about 20 years
Mae Barnes, the sassy pop-jazz singer and dancer who introduced the Charleston on Broadway and later became a New York nightclub legend, died at Jamaica Hospital in Boston on Dec. 13. She was 89. She was being treated for cancer, said a friend, the theater historian Delilah Jackson. At the height of her popularity, Ms. Barnes appeared so frequently
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THEATER; An Old Show Kicks Off New Ones
NYTimes - about 23 years
Let the poets pipe of love In their childish way, I know ev'ry type of love Better far than they. THOUGH lots of new songs will be sung at the Stamford Center for the Arts over the next three months, can there be one to rival -- for the commotion it made -- Cole Porter's "Love for Sale," which was banned from the radio in 1930? And though, gladly,
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THEATER; A Fan of Modern Playwrights Is Still Stylishly Out of Fashion
NYTimes - about 23 years
TELL MAX STAFFORD-CLARK he's an anomaly and the director smiles in agreement. After three decades in the British theater, the 52-year-old Londoner knows how unfashionable a lifelong devotion to new writing can be. In England anyway, starry classics, musicals and the occasional foray into film and television tend to make reputations and pay
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Ms. Pennington Has a Wedding
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: Elizabeth Ann Pennington and Lieut. (j.g.) James Judson Cowie, U.S.N., were married yesterday at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Pennington, N.J., by the Rev. John C. Belmont. Elizabeth Ann Pennington and Lieut. (j.g.) James Judson Cowie, U.S.N., were married yesterday at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Pennington, N.J., by the Rev. John
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Ms. Pennington To Wed in May
NYTimes - about 28 years
LEAD: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Maier Pennington of Pennington, N.J., have announced the engagement of their daughter Elizabeth Ann Pennington to Lieut. (j.g.) James Judson Cowie, U.S.N., a son of Michaelin Reamy-Stephenson of Dunwoody, Ga., and James Donald Cowie of Atlanta. A May wedding is planned. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Maier Pennington of Pennington,
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1971
    Age 77
    Ann Pennington died of a stroke in New York City on November 4, 1971, aged 77.
    More Details Hide Details She had lived alone on welfare for many years in New York hotels overlooking 42nd Street. She was badly affected by arthritis. She was sometimes recognised shuffling along Broadway as a faded superstar of a world long past- but she was also mugged in her old age on her daily walk to a diner. She is buried in the Valhallia Cemetery in New York. No family were known to have attended her funeral, which was paid for by the Actors Benevolent guild. A few years before her death, she was asked what had been the greatest reward from her years of stardom, and her reply was "in living, honey".
  • FORTIES
  • 1939
    Age 45
    Home movie footage of her "Snake Hips" dance at the 1939 World's Fair survive, but is more memorable for her enthusiasm than her star quality in her fading years.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1929
    Age 35
    She was also listed as a star in the 1929 Warner Brothers showcase movie "Show of Shows" but her routines were never filmed, perhaps because her main song and dance number "Believe Me" was commandeered by one of Warners' rising stars Irene Bordoni.
    More Details Hide Details Ann did however get to perform "Believe Me" in the 1930 movie "Hello Baby!", which is still in print, and sang and danced "You're responsible" in "Tanned Legs" (for which movie she features in uncredited cartoon form on the posters and sheet music). The New York Times (November 5, 1971) noted: She was until the late 1920s chaperoned at performances by her mother. She was noted for a quick and witty personality, but was said to be shy off stage and easily embarrassed, and in her latter years was loath to discuss her early life. Pennington was romantically linked to several men during her lifetime, and at one time or another was allegedly engaged to boxer Jack Dempsey, theatrical producer and early dance partner George White, actor Buster West, and musician Brooke Johns. None of these romances lasted and Pennington never married. She never spoke on record about any of her engagements, whether to confirm or deny them.
  • 1926
    Age 32
    In the 1926 edition of George White's Scandals, Pennington introduced the African American-influenced Black Bottom dance to America at large with her partner, the eccentric dancer Tom Patricola.
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  • 1924
    Age 30
    First popularized in New York by the African American show Dinaah that had been staged in Harlem in 1924, after Pennington performed the Black Bottom on Broadway, the dance became was a national phenomenon, overtaking The Charleston in popularity.
    More Details Hide Details George Gershwin was her rehearsal pianist and wrote several songs for her. Cole Porter, Ray Henderson, Joe Burke, Oscar Levant and Edward Ward all wrote for her shows, The New Yorkers (1931) being her last great show for Porter. She could sing as well as dance, as evinced by her recording of "Believe Me" (1930). No films of her signature dance routines have been preserved, with the possible exception of the "Snake-Hips" number which occurs in Happy Days (1929). Her key dances in Gold Diggers on Broadway (1929) remain lost. Some of her scenes from Tanned Legs still survive, but her role in The Great Ziegfeld, while still listed in some inventories, was in fact cut before release.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1920
    Age 26
    She was portrayed by actress Michelle Nicastro in the "Scandals of 1920" episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, which dramatizes her role as the star of George White's Scandals of 1920.
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  • 1916
    Age 22
    Of Ann Pennington's official film debut in Susie Snowflake, the New York Times stated on June 26, 1916:
    More Details Hide Details The following list includes Ann Pennington's major stage credits: The following list contains all of Ann Pennington's known motion picture appearances.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1913
    Age 19
    Her debut in the Ziegfeld Follies was in 1913, where she quickly established herself as one Ziegfeld's top attractions.
    More Details Hide Details With dimpled knees and long dark red hair, the petite, pretty, charming, and often scantly-clad Pennington stood a mere 4' 10" tall and wore only a size 1½ shoe. Because of her diminutive stature, she was referred to as "Penny" by her friends and colleagues. Her nickname for herself was "Tiny". During her years in the Ziegfeld Follies she appeared alongside the likes of Bert Williams, Eddie Cantor, Will Rogers, Fanny Brice (who became her closest friend), Marilyn Miller, and W. C. Fields. She switched back and forth between George White's Scandals and the Follies more than once, earning a salary of $1000 per week well before the 1920s, and continued to moonlight in the early New York film industry. She also frequented Harlem in its jazz heyday.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1893
    Born
    Pennington was born in Wilmington, Delaware on December 23, 1893 and reputedly moved with her family to Camden, New Jersey around 1900.
    More Details Hide Details Her father worked for the Victor music company, they were Quakers, and she had at least one sibling, Nellie.She learned to dance with the Professor Wroe dance school, and her first performances in New York were as part of "Wroe's Buds". She wanted to be a classical actress, but her diminutive stature and talent as a dancer conspired against this ambition. She began her career on Broadway as a member of the chorus in The Red Widow (1911) starring Raymond Hitchcock.
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