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AC Johnston...and Peggy Cornell by Vlad for group historicalziegfeld Oct 20, 2011

Peggy Cornell.

Peggy Cornell Benline

“Peggy Cornell came to New York from Kansas City, Missouri. She studied dance with Isadora Duncan before going to Europe in the early 1920s. While there, she appeared in the Paris Opera and the Berlin Opera. She soon gave up classical dancing to team up with Harland Dixson doing tap and interpretive dancing up and down the French Riviera and at Cannes in Monte Carlo. Her dance partner was Carl Randall. Upon her return to the United States, she became one of the original members of the Ziegfeld Girls and appeared in Florenz Ziegfeld’s “Rio Rita” in 1927, and “Show Boat” in 1932, and the Ziegfeld Follies until they were discontinued. She was the star of the “Casa Habana Latin-American Revue” on stage in New York City in 1941. During WWII, she voluntarily performed either a USO or Stage Door Canteen show for American servicemen every night after her regular show.
In 1951, Peggy Cornell retired from the stage to marry CAPT Arthur J. Benline, USNR. Mrs. Benline joined the Ziegfeld Club, a charitable an organization that helped needy women in theater, and served as the club’s co-president for five years.
Captain Benline established the “Peggy Cornell Benline Designated Scholarship” in memory of his wife.”
(c) http://www.moaa.org/about/about_scholarship/about_scholarship_donor/about_scholarship_donor_benline.htm


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