Ruby Keeler Overview:

Legendary actress, Ruby Keeler, was born Ethel Hilda Keeler on Aug 25, 1910 in Halifax, Canada. Keeler died at the age of 82 on Feb 28, 1993 in Rancho Mirage, CA and was laid to rest in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange, Orange County, CA.

MINI BIO:

Dark-haired Canadian-born star of Hollywood musicals of the thirties, often in tandem with Dick Powell. The famous initial description of Astaire on his arrival in Hollywood - "Can't act, can't sing, can dance a little" - would have fitted Ruby, though even her clackety-clack dancing was hopeful and energetic rather than hep. Still, she was pretty, and whenever the leading lady broke a leg, Ruby went out there and became a star. Married (first of two) to Al Jolson from 1928 to 1939. Died from cancer.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Keeler was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Classic Movie Travels:

By Annette Bochenek on Jul 2, 2020 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Classic Movie Travels: When thinking of early musicals, the output of Warner Bros. studios is certainly worth noting. In the Gold Digger musicals and so many others, a wide variety of Warner Bros.’s triple-threat talents shone in the musical genre. Though Ruby Kee... Read full article


All in the Family: , Ken Weatherwax and Joey D. Vieira

By Annmarie Gatti on Aug 25, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

and Nephews?Ken Weatherwax and?Joey D. Vieira Actress/singer/dancer was most famously paired with Dick Powell in the iconic Warner Brothers’?Busby Berkeley?musicals — including?42nd Street,?Gold Diggers of 1933,?Footlight Parade and?Dames. Keeler also happens to b... Read full article


Monday Serenade: Meows in Footlight Parade (1933)

By KC on Sep 21, 2009 From Classic Movies

clumps along in her kitty costume, but she's still awfully cute in the Sittin' on a Backyard Fence number from Footlight Parade (1933). That's Billy Taft singing with her.... Read full article


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Ruby Keeler Quotes:

Barbara Hemingway: I'm free, white, and 21. I love to dance AND I'm going to dance.


Betty Blake: Ozzie and Harriet, Ozzie and Harriet, Ozzie and Harriet - you say it like they go together like ham and eggs!


Molly Howard, aka Lucille Thompson: What happened?
Dorothy Wayne: Well, man meets girl, girl meets husband, husband meets man, man meets sidewalk.


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Ruby Keeler Facts
Aunt of Joey D. Vieira.

When 40-year-old Al Jolson, her future husband, first met her at Texas Guinan's El Fey Club in New York City one night in 1926, she was a 16-year-old dancer in the chorus line. He married her two years later, when she was 18.

When she was a chorus girl in New York City, Ruby was looked after and protected by a gangster named Johnny Irish. An associate of speakeasy owner and bootlegger Owney Madden--who owned the world-famous Cotton Club in Harlem--and an ally of notorious gangster Dutch Schultz, Irish ran Schultz's nightspots for him. The older and married Irish was said not to have had any romantic interest in Keeler but watched over her because she was very young, somewhat naive and also Irish, like himself. When Al Jolson decided to marry Ruby, he went to Irish to tell him of his intentions. Irish warned Jolson that if he ever mistreated Ruby, he'd pay for the transgression with his life.

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