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2011_Nov 15 - ACJohnston, EBHesser, DeMirjian... and Dorothy Knapp
by Vlad for group historicalziegfeld Nov 15, 2011

"Dorothy Knapp in the mid-1920s was the most beautiful Showgirl in Earl Carroll's Vanities. She was also an artist’s model who sat for James Montgomery Flagg. In 1923 Carroll hired her for the Vanities. Ziegfeld appropriated her talents for the 1924 Follies where she earned the soubriquet, “The American Venus” well before screen star Esther Ralston adopted the title. In Late 1925 Carroll had hired her back, billing her “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” He retained her services for the 1926 and subsequent editions of the Vanities. Miss Knapp possessed enough affection for her employer that she visited him in federal prison in Atlanta when he was serving time for perjury under the Volstead act for denying that he had served liquor and displayed a nude dancer at a birthday party at his theater in 1927. When released Carroll paid her loyalty back by starring her in his 1929 operetta “Fioretta.” She may have been the only leading actress in an operetta in Broadway history to have not sung a note in her part. The creators of the piece forced Carroll to discharge her. This led to an amusing law suit by Knapp seeking $500,000 against the production’s backers and the composers. The comedy ceased when the composer of “Fioretta” Romilly Johnson committed suicide in the wake of the fiasco. She lost the suit. During the early 1930s she became a radio broadcaster on NBC and married radio announcer Jack Edmonds."
[David S. Shields]

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