Stunning Vintage Photos of the Ziegfeld Girls during the 1910s & 1920s

Ziegfeld Girls were the chorus girls from Florenz Ziegfeld’s theatrical Broadway revue spectaculars known as the Ziegfeld Follies (1907–1931), in New York City, which were based on the Folies Bergère of Paris.

When producer Florenz Ziegfeld put together a small group of showgirls for a lighthearted summer show in 1907, nobody could have imagined the giant Broadway hit and lavish revue it would become. Yet the Ziegfeld Follies ran until 1931, and would jumpstart the careers of several successful future Hollywood actresses.

These showgirls followed on the heels of the Florodora girls, who had started to “loosen the corset” of the Gibson Girl in the early years of the 20th century. These beauties, decked out in Erté designs, gained many young male admirers and became objects of popular adoration. All of the showgirls looked very similar, both in appearance and in stature. They danced in complete synchronization, and were the only act that was uniform in the Ziegfeld Follies. Many were persuaded to leave the show to marry, some to men of substantial wealth. The Ziegfeld Ball in New York City continued as a social event of the season for years after the last production of the Follies.

In 1897, Florenz Ziegfeld married Anna Held, one of his Ziegfeld girls, by common-law. They never legally were married, but lived together long enough to be legally considered so. In 1913, Held divorced from Ziegfeld because of his infidelities with Lillian Lorraine, another Ziegfeld girl. Held died soon after. Following that, Ziegfeld married yet another Ziegfeld girl, future film star Billie Burke. Although Ziegfeld had several affairs, Burke claimed that Lorraine was the only one that made her jealous. Ziegfeld remained married to Burke (and in love with Lorraine) until his death in 1932.

Ada-May Weeks
Adrienne Ames
Agnes Franey
Alberta Turner
Albertina Vitak
Alice Wilkie
Alma Mamay
Ann Pennington
Annette Downs
Barbara Stanwyck
Bea Ackerman
Billie Dove
Caryl Bergman
Catherine Moylan
Claudia Dell
Dolores Costello
Doris Lloyd
Dorothy Dickson
Dorothy Knapp
Dorothy Stone
Dorothy Wegman
Drucilla Strain
Edna Wallace Hopper
Elizabeth Brown
Elsie Behrens
Emma Haig
Eva Brady
Evan Burrows Fontaine
Fanny Brice
Flo Newton
Florence Duffy
Frances White
Frieda Mierse
Gilda Gray
Gladys Bowie
Gladys Glad
Gloria Swanson
Grace Moore
Harriet Hoctor
Hazel Forbes
Helen Barnes
Helen Hayes
Helen Henderson
Helen Lee Worthing
Imogene Wilson
Jean Ackerman
Jeanne Eagels
Julia Warren
Katherine Burke
Kathryn Perry
Kay English
Lena Thomas
Leslie Doree
Lilian Bond
Lillian Gish and Her Sister Dorothy
Lillian Lorraine
Lora Foster
Louise Brooks
Louise Squire
Madge Bellamy
Margaret ‘Tot’ Qualters
Marion Benda
Marjorie King
Mary Eaton
Mary Jane Nickerson
Mary Lange
Muriel Finley
Myrna Darby
Myrtle Hammerstead
Naomi Johnson
Noel Francis
Olive Ann Alcorn
Olive Brady
Olive Thomas
Patricia Parsons
Peggy Callahan
Peggy Shannon
Princess White Deer
Rella Harrison
Ruby Keeler
Rubye De Remer
Ruth Etting
Shannon Day
Sybil Carmen
Tamara Geva
The Cameron Sisters
The Cutter Sisters
The Dolly Sisters
Virginia Biddle
Virginia Snyder
Vivian Porter
Wilda Bennett
Yvonne Shelton

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