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Jessie Reed's Daughter, Annie DeBrow: Rare Photo & Correspondence_Robert Kennington via Brooks
by jane for group historicalziegfeld Feb 4, 2009

Jessie Reed's Daughter, Annie DeBrow: Rare Photo & Correspondence (from Robert Kennington via Brooks)
by jane for group historicalziegfeld Feb 4, 2009

"To clarify, Robert Kennington is the grand nephew of Col George Keene IV (1906 - 1984) who married Annie Carroll "Ann" Debrow (1913 - 1977) in May 1937."

My thanks to Robert Kennington for sharing these rarities with us on this site and to you Brooks for passing them along. Much appreciation to you both!

Brooks is looking for information on Beulah MacFarland and Irene Copeland. If you have any, please message me.

Margaret Morris was also a close friend of Beulah MacFarland so Betty would love to have info on her as well. She sent me a photo of her and her husband taken sometime in the 1940s on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. It's likely she was in the Follies but her stage name is yet unknown.

From Brooks:

"I have made friends with a terrific fellow named Robert Kennington, a relative of Annie Carroll Debrow who was Jessie Reed's daughter (from Jessie's first marriage to Oliver Debrow). And he shared some photos and letters that belonged to her with me. Jessie's lovely daughter won the Miss San Antonio contest when she was just a teen, and had hopes of following in her mother's footsteps at the Follies."

"The first attachment is a letter from the Ziegfeld organization inviting her to come for an interview. The second is from the Schuberts after Flo's death. On IBDB there is a listing for a Jessie Reed Jr whom I believe to be Annie Carroll Debrow. According to an article I read, Annie used this briefly as her stage name. But her career did not last very long and she soon married George F. Keene III, who ran Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio. They remained married until Annie's death in the 70s. They did not have any children."

"The third item I am sending is a photo of Annie Carroll Debrow which shows how pretty she was and how reminiscent of her mother in her prime. The final item is a letter from one of Jessie's Ziegfeld friends at the time that Jessie was in the hospital in Chicago, shortly before her death in 1940."

"I'd love to know more about the people mentioned in the letter. All of these images are the property of Robert Kennington and are not for commercial use. But he said it was okay to include them on the Historical Ziegfeld blog, if properly credited."

"I'm in the middle of writing my own very long article about Jessie which I hope to post on my blog when I am finished with my research. I'm still sorting through the misinformation about her life and career but feel that I am making considerable headway. She is a fascinating character!"

Indeed she is!

In this album:

Ann Debrow, Annie Debrow, Beulah MacFarland, Irene Copeland, Jessie Reed

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  • historicalzg - 1Reply
    ziegfeldgrrl wrote on Feb 9, '09
    I've been asked to add this by Mr. Kennington. Important information!

    "To clarify, Robert Kennington is the grand nephew of Col George Keene IV (1906 - 1984) who married Annie Carroll "Ann" Debrow (1913 - 1977) in May 1937."

    Thank you very much for passing this along to me, Brooks, and thank you, Mr. Kennington.

    daydreamnworld wrote on Feb 5, '09
    I just noticed in Margaret's old address book that she has written Beulah McF. Braun, 229 East 21st Street, NYC. I don't know if the last name Braun will help any, but I thought I'd pass it along.

    ziegfeldgrrl wrote on Feb 6, '09
    Thanks so much, Betty! That might be the key! I'll send it along to Brooks from you. Always appreciate your help and friendship :smile:
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