Ziegfeld Girl, Doris Eaton Travis
On Tuesday, the last Ziegfeld Follies girl, Doris Eaton Travis, died at 106. She is one of the most inspiring persons I’ve heard about lately. She makes me realize I’m young and will still be young in the next 40 years. I have no excuse to not try something because of age (within reason of course). She starred in silents with legendary silent actors including Billie Dove, Donald Crisp, and Pearl White. Doris married her husband of over 50 years in her mid-40s. She got her GED in her 70s, her undergrad degree at age 88, and even worked on her Masters but decided to focus on her autobiography instead. Her last public performance appearance was on April 27th 2010 at the annual Easter Bonnet show on Broadway, a yearly event she attended since 1998. She even had a bit part in the Jim Carrey movie Man on the Moon.
Here is a video of her dancing at age 101
Part one of an interview from April 29, 2010