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05/12/2010

Doris Eaton Travis, Ziegfeld Follies girl, dies at 106

May 12, 2010 | 10:27 am


Doris Eaton Travis, the last of the legendary Ziegfeld Follies chorus girls, who wore elaborate costumes for the series of lavish Broadway theatrical productions in the early 1900s, died Tuesday. She was 106.

New York public relations firm Boneau/Bryan-Brown announced her death but did not give the cause.

Interest in the 5-foot-2 centenarian piqued after a 1997 reunion with four other Ziegfeld Follies Girls for the reopening of the New Amsterdam Theatre, where she danced about 80 years earlier.

"I was the only one who could still dance," she said then.

Even after more than 90 years as a hoofer, dancing still came easy to Travis, who appeared in the extravagant Ziegfeld Follies show that enchanted Broadway from 1907 into the 1930s.

"I'm the last of the Ziegfeld Follies girls now," she said when she was 102. "It's an honor in a way. I certainly didn't think that would happen."

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-- Associated Press

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