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Jan 8, '13 12:38 PM
by Vlad for group historicalziegfeld

Marcella Donovan Perry

“James G. Donovan was the city attorney for an area of Houston known as Houston Heights before it was annexed by Houston. Donovan founded, together with his daughter, Marcella, a financial institution that became known as Heights Savings. In 24 years, its assets went from nothing to $100,000,000.00. Marcella Donovan, now Marcella Perry, emerged as one of Houston's civic leaders.”
© celticowboy.com/20THTX.htm

“The Donovan's only child, Marcella graduated from Heights High in 1922, went to New York, auditioned, and was accepted as a specialty dancer starring with the Greenwich Village Follies, as shown above. Her mother had to sign the contract because... “
© Houston Heights

“Initially she (Patsy Swayze) studied with Marcella Donovan Perry, the formidable ballerina and Broadway dancer who infused both style and discipline into her dancing. By the time Patrick was born, Patsy was already well established as Houston's premiere dance teacher and choreographer. A liberated woman far ahead of her time, she founded and directed the acclaimed Houston Jazz Ballet Company, helped to develop Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, choreographed countless musicals, and ran her own dance company and dance studio, where she taught ballet, tap, and jazz to generations of students, including Patrick.”
© Patrick Swayze: “One Last Dance”

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  • historicalzg - 1Reply
    kittyinva wrote on Jan 10
    Vlad, this is so interesting. Would you mind if I put some of this on my tumblr? I focus on silent film, 1920's, costume dramas and costuming, but the folks seem to go mad for pretty ladies of the period with interesting stories. I won't do it without your okay, and of course I would give you and the group credit. Best, Kathie

    ohikkoshi wrote on Jan 10
    Thanks for the question!
    Please, feel free to post any of my assumptions.

    kittyinva wrote on Jan 10
    Thank you very much! My queue is nearly full, so this will run in about 3 weeks. I'll let you know how often it gets re-blogged - I bet it'll be often. Again, thank you. Kathie
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