Ann
Pennington




ANN PENNINGTON was born Anna Pennington on December 23, 1893 in Wilmington, Delaware.  Her family appears to have come to Camden around the turn of the century. 

Ann Pennington is listed in the 1910 Census as lodging, with her sister Nellie, at 113 Penn Street. Both sisters listed their occupation as Actress. The landlord,  Perry Kinikin, listed his occupation as a Stage Carpenter. Nicknamed "Tiny" as she stood only 4' 11½", Ann Pennington wore only a size  1½ shoe. 

Ann Pennington was very popular and known as the most petite of what was then called the "Shake and Quiver dancers". Became famous for her rendition of the Black Bottom dance. She stopped the show when she danced for Ziegfeld in his 1913 Follies. While performing in Ziegfeld's Follies she met Fanny Brice, they would be life-long best friends.

Ann Pennington danced many dances as well as the Black Bottom, such as the Charleston and could tap dance as well as any male performer. Also danced in some of George White's Shows ("Scandals") and was a "Gold Digger Girl".

Ann Pennington returned to the stage after appearing in six films in 1929. She starred in Cole Porter's hit musical The New Yorkers, which ran on Broadway for 168 performances ending in May of 1931. She appeared with Jimmy Durante, among others, in this show.

She played a few minor supporting roles on film in the early 1940's and continued dancing and appearing on stage and vaudeville well into the late 1940s.

Ann Pennington died in New York City NY  on November 4, 1971. 




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Ann Pennington, June Clyde and chorus perform a song called "Those Tanned Legs" from 1929. 

Ann Pennington and Allen Kearns sing and dance to the 1929 tune "You're Responsible"

From 1929: Ann Pennington, does her signature dance to the tune "You're Responsible"

The Snake's Hips number from 1929 performed by Sharon Lynn and danced by famed Ziegfeld Follies dancer Ann Pennington. She was the first to introduce the "Black Bottom" dance in the 1926 edition of George White's Scandals. Unfortunately, most of her film appearances are lost. Although this copy is incomplete, it is the best copy available, however the cuts are obvious. Also performing, George Olsen and his Music

Ann Pennington performing at the 1939 New York World's Fair.


Cleveland Plain Dealer - October 5, 1921
The Dooley Kids - Johnny Dooley - Ray Dooley - Billy Dooley - Gordon Dooley

Excerpted from
Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1938

Is Zat So?
by
GORDON MACKAY

Next we get a further advance back to normalcy when we bumped into Pat Iarossi. Pat is a barber but that doesn't deter him from basking in the sunshine at Miami and thanking his lucky stars that his family moved from San Marco in Italy to Camden years ago.

Pat is another excellent example of the melting-pot. His barber-shop is now located at 600 North Third Street, site having been Pat's for the past 14 years. Before that he had a shop on Front Street, where he barbered the native sons and daughters for 20 years.

 Make no mistake, Pat has carried the tradition of the America that benefited him so much into his own activities. The years of service of his four employees amount to 52. 

The oldest employee has been stropping the razors there for 18 years while the baby of the outfit, who is not so old either, has been employed by Pat for 10 years. Two others enjoy, terms of 14 and 12 years.  

Pat's greatest memories cluster about Ann Pennington, Camden's gift to the Follies and the stage, and the Dooleys, a theatrical family which also is a proud Camden possession. 

"I used to cut Ann Pennington’s hair when she was a child," Pat recalled. "And the Dooleys always made my shop their headquarters. Billy Dooley worked for me. The kids, six of them, trained in a patch we called the 'cow lot’. Rae and May were the two girls, while Johnny was the big shot of the boys.”

 “They used to turn cartwheels right out in the lot there and come into my shop to do a little vocal rehearsing. Ann Pennington was always dancing, you couldn't keep her feet still. I remember one day Ann, Johnny Dooley and a girl named Moore went over to Lubin's in Philadelphia, trying to break into the movies.

 “Lubin wouldn’t handle them and they all came crying into my shop.” Whereupon Pat produced a post card dated in 1911 showing Johnny Dooley starring in the old Bijou Theatre in Philadelphia.

So Pat has no envy of the thespians or of anybody else. Why should he- Miami is some place to spend the Winter.



Ann Pennington's Filmography

Ann Pennington is known to have appeared in twenty-three films, of which she was billed as herself in four. These movies are as follows:

Title Year Role
Manhandled 1924 Herself
Pretty Ladies 1925 Herself
Happy Days 1930 Herself
Great Ziegfeld, The 1936 Uncredited, appeared as herself

Her nineteen known film appearances as an actress are listed below.

Title

Year

Role

Susie Snowflake

When a young girl who has grown up as a music hall entertainer is brought to live in a stodgy New England town, the quiet town life is changed forever.

1916

Susie

Rainbow Princess, The

1916

Hope

Little Boy Scout, The

1917

Justina Howland

Antics of Ann, The

1917

Ann Wharton

Sunshine Nan

starred opposite
Richard Barthelmess

1918

Nance Malloy

Mad Dancer, The

1925

Mimi

Kiss in the Dark, A

with Adolph Menjou and Kitty Kelly

1925

Dancer

Lucky Horseshoe, The

with Tom Mix

1925

Dancer

Golden Strain, The

1925

Lucy Sulter

Madame Behave

Starred opposite female impersonator Julian Eltinge

1925

Gwen Townley

Night Club

Believed lost, this was a short with musical numbers, several of which were featured in an extra two-reeler more than a year later.

1929

 

Gold Diggers of Broadway

 

1929

Ann Collins

Is Everybody Happy?

This is the story of Ted Lewis, popular band leader and clarinetist.

1929

Lena Schmitt

Night Parade
(also was released as Sporting Life

Filmed in the United Kingdom, Oscar Levant was her unaccredited piano accompanist

1929

Dancer Ann Pennington

Hello Baby!

A two reel musical short, only the first reel is known to exist

1929

 

Tanned Legs

Starred Arthur Lake,
who made a career out of playing Dagwood Bumstead in the Blondie movies and TV show. 

1929

Tootsie

Texas Terrors

A western with Red Barry, 
Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, 
and an appearance by singer Jimmy Wakely

1940

Dancer

Unholy Partners

Directed by Mervyn Leroy, starring Edward G. Robinson, Edward Albert, and Laraine Day 

1941

Ann Pennington
is uncredited in this film,
but appeared as the
Telephone Operator

China Girl

Directed by Henry Hathaway, starring Genet Tierney, George Montgomery, Lynn Bari, and Victor McLaglen.

Many other fine actors including
Sig Ruman, Robert Blake (Baretta)
& Philip Ahn (Master Kan on Kung Fu)

1942

Sugar Fingers, the Entertainer


Ann Pennington
doing
The Black Bottom
with
Tom Patricola
in the
George White
Scandals of 1926

Ann Pennington's Stage Appearances

1913

1913 to 1924

1915

1917

1919 to 1926

1925

1929

1930

1931

New Amsterdam Theater, New York NY

Ziegfield Follies

Passing Show

Miss

George White Scandals

Pretty Ladies

Gold Diggers Of Broadway

The New Yorker

Everybody's Welcome

Diaghilev Ballet Company

Tip Toe through The Tulips


Movie Poster
from
Tanned Legs
1929

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