According to literature, it is hard to exactly define the starting point of the common “chorus girl” dancer. It may have been traced back to the Ballet Russes, or perhaps it goes back further to the late 1800s days of the cancan dancers. Many famous actresses started their professional careers as dancers in a Chorus line including Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn,... These vintage photographs capture Los Angeles Chorus Girls from between the 1920s and 1940s.
|L-R: Lillian Langston, Myrtle Reeves (before becoming Oliver Hardy's second wife) and Edith Roberts. Photos circa 1918.|
|Chorus girls at the Music Box Theatre (now the Fonda Theatre) at 6126 Hollywood Blvd, circa 1927.|
|Frank Sebastian's "Creole Cuties" posing on the steps of the Sebastian Cafe (also known as "Frank Sebastian's Venice Cafe") in 1920. The popular cafe was located on Winward Ave. and specialized in vaudeville and jazz.|
|Frank Sebastian's "Creole Cuties" posing in front of his Cafe Sebastian location in 1920.|
|Chorus girls from "The Dance of Life" (1929)|
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