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    Nona Otero - Many of the photos were posted on Multipy. Some are new and the wonderful information about her AKAs is new.


"... One is Nona Otero Friedman, 88, whose middle name is the stage name she stole from a European ballerina. In one Ziegfeld production, she danced with Betty Compton, Jimmy Walker's girlfriend. She tells of riding in the Ziegfeld Train on tours; being required by Mr. Ziegfeld to wear hat and gloves even when not at work, and then meeting Mr. Right, with whom she spent 58 years until he died last year..."

-From: Eleanor Dana O'Connell Recalls ZF Days, NY Times 1996 Oct 18

Nona Otero in a PS of a letter to ACJ:

I first danced in the Follies in 1923 (Road show of the 1922 Follies as Martha Schlesinger). Then in following shows - Comic Supplement (as Zita Mae), as Nona Otero: Kid Boots (Road Show), Ziegfeld Follies NYC 1927-28, Three Musketeers (NYC and Road Shows), Show Girl (NYC) - (the last three shows as an Albertina Rasch soloist).

Also Max Gordon's Band Wagon & The Great Waltz etc. etc.

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