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Elaine Lank Ziegfeld Showgirl by DeBarron_profdash 6 September 2013


There are Ziegfeld girls whose lives are entire blanks whom just on the basis of the personality in their portraits you wished you knew. Saucy Elaine Lank leads the list of the persons in the later shows for me. She was in the ensemble in Three Musketeers, followed that with a year on Broadway playing in the hit Ray Henderson Buddy DeSilva "Follow Thru", then became a female crooner on the NBC red network. On radio she sang with the Merry Makers and other ensembles. She also fell in love with and married Donald Howard, another radio singer. They moved to the West Coast in the early 1930s, Elaine had a marginal screen career, and Donald Howard slipped into alcoholism. In 1935 she sued for divorce claiming non-support and intemperance. She then disappears from the record. Alas. These portraits by Paul Barron of DeBarron Studio bristle with vitality. Profdash

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  • Wayne Bush - 1Reply
    She may have become Elaine Howard and died in California 1992. There was an Elaine Lank pictured in the April 12, 1924 Philadelphia Inquirer and she was a performer, and at the West Philadelphia Girl's High School at the time. She looks like this lovely young lady. Further search found an Elaine Lank obtained a late file birth certificate in 1943 with the name Elaine Smithers Lank and born on 4/7/1908, in Philadelphia. Searching findagrave.com found an Elaine Lark Hamilton with that same birth date, who was buried with her husband Lt. Col. Robert Donald Hamilton.
  • historicalzg - 1Reply
    @ Profdash : Lovely, David, thank you! I can see her "sauciness" in the photos, particularly the 4th one... which is my favorite.

    Best,
    jane
  • Profdash - 1Reply
    There are Ziegfeld girls whose lives are entire blanks whom just on the basis of the personality in their portraits you wished you knew. Saucy Elaine Lank leads the list of the persons in the later shows for me. She was in the ensemble in Three Musketeers, followed that with a year on Broadway playing in the hit Ray Henderson Buddy DeSilva "Follow Thru", then became a female crooner on the NBC red network. On radio she sang with the Merry Makers and other ensembles. She also fell in love with and married Donald Howard, another radio singer. They moved to the West Coast in the early 1930s, Elaine had a marginal screen career, and Donald Howard slipped into alcoholism. In 1935 she sued for divorce claiming non-support and intemperance. She then disappears from the record. Alas. These portraits by Paul Barron of DeBarron Studio bristle with vitality. Profdash
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