Thursday, July 8, 2010
Ruby Keeler, was an actress, singer, and dancer most famous for her performances with Dick Powell in a string of musicals, particularly 42nd Street (1933).
The film was a huge success because of Busby Berkeley's beautiful choreography. Following 42nd Street, Jack Warner gave Keeler a long-term contract and cast her in Gold Diggers of 1933, Footlight Parade, Dames, and Colleen. Keeler and Jolson performed together in, Go Into Your Dance. Frank Tashlin's 1937 cartoon, The Woods are Full of Cuckoos, featuring a porcine caricature called "Ruby Squealer". She retired from show business in the 1940s but made a widely publicized comeback on Broadway in 1971.