Ann Pennington, born December 23, 1893 (died 1971)
Pennington hit Broadway in 1911 and first appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1913. Primarily a dancer who could sing some too, Pennington established herself as a popular star for both the Follies and competitor George White’s Scandals. Her Black Bottom dance is shown in a YouTube clip below from 1929, but Pennington had also had previous flurries of screen activity starring in 5 silent pictures between 1916-1918 and another 5 in 1925 alone. Her unique talents must have made her a natural for the silent screen, though I enjoyed the attached clip as well!
Before having the brainstorm to search YouTube I was going to settle for linking to this fun 2008 post on Little Rascal showing Pennington in action with Felix the Cat, and since I had such a good time with it I decided to leave it in for you.
Ann Pennington is pictured above on a late 1920’s photo card issued by Kashin Publications in one of 4 boxed sets of Motion Picture Stars cards.
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