The Days We Danced The Story of My Theatrical Family from Florenz Ziegfeld to Arthur Murray and Beyond (Hardcover)
|Author: Doris Eaton/ Eaton Travis|
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|At age fourteen, Doris Eaton was the youngest performer in the Ziegfeld Follies, appearing with such legends as Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice, Will Rogers, and Marilyn Miller. With two sisters and two brothers also appearing in the Follies in the years between 1918 and 1923, the Eatons became a well-known Broadway family. Beginning their careers in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore area, the "Seven Little Eatons" became seasoned performers, working the stock-company circuit before arriving in New York City and being caught up in the golden age of Broadway. Doris and her two sisters, Pearl and Mary, became popular dancers, and throughout the twenties they were never out of work. Doris was the first Eaton to go to Hollywood, and there in 1929 she introduced the song "Singing in the Rain" in the Hollywood Music Box Review. Later, Doris left show business and went on to great success building a chain of eighteen Arthur Murray studios in Michigan, which she owned and operated for thirty years. In a refreshingly wise voice, The Days We Danced introduces readers to the successes and poignant sorrows of the Eaton family, including alcoholism, professional failures, early death, and even a tragic murder. With memories that span almost a century, Doris recalls the state of the American theater during World War I, the "roaring twenties," the Great Depression--as well as the legendary names of the rich and famous celebrities with whom the Eatons worked and played. Accompanied by scores of unique period photographs, this memoir details the life of a woman who never stopped dancing--even when the curtain fell.|
From the Publisher:
Doris Eaton Travis attracted national attention when she danced on the stage of the newly restored New Amsterdam Theater in New York at he age of 94. She re-created a dance she had performed eighty years before, when she was the youngest girl in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1919. For the next two years, she was a principal dancer and appeared with the likes of Will Rogers, Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice, Marilyn Miller, and her own sister Mary, who became a famous Ziegfeld star. With two sisters and two brothers appearing in the Follies in the years between 1918 and 1923, the Eatons became a well-known show business family, often referred to as "The Eatons of Broadway."|Her brother Charlie, a popular child actor, played the Palace at the age of twelve and later originated the role Andy Hardy on Broadway. Doris was the first Eaton to go to Hollywood, and in 1929 she introduced the song "Singin' in the Rain" in the Hollywood Music Box Revue. During the depression years, Doris left show business and in time became the owner of eighteen Arthur Murray dance studios in the state of Michigan, which she operated for thirty years.|The Days We Danced tells of the remarkable successes and poignant sorrows of the Eaton family. The author unsparingly writes of the family's dark days, including professional failure, alcoholism, early death, and even a tragic murder. With memories that span almost a century, Travis recalls the state of the American theater during World War I, the "roaring twenties," the Great Depression - as well as the legendary names of the famous celebrities with whom the Eatons worked and played. Accompanied by scores of unique period photographs, this memoir details the life of an extraordinary woman who has not yet stopped dancing.