ANN PENNINGTON was born Anna Pennington on December 23, 1893 in Wilmington, Delaware. Her family appears to have come to Camden around the turn of the century.
Ann Pennington is listed in the 1910 Census as lodging, with her sister Nellie, at 113 Penn Street. Both sisters listed their occupation as Actress. The landlord, Perry Kinikin, listed his occupation as a Stage Carpenter. Nicknamed "Tiny" as she stood only 4' 11½", Ann Pennington wore only a size 1½ shoe.
Ann Pennington was very popular and known as the most petite of what was then called the "Shake and Quiver dancers". Became famous for her rendition of the Black Bottom dance. She stopped the show when she danced for Ziegfeld in his 1913 Follies. While performing in Ziegfeld's Follies she met Fanny Brice, they would be life-long best friends.
Ann Pennington danced many dances as well as the Black Bottom, such as the Charleston and could tap dance as well as any male performer. Also danced in some of George White's Shows ("Scandals") and was a "Gold Digger Girl".
Ann Pennington returned to the stage after appearing in six films in 1929. She starred in Cole Porter's hit musical The New Yorkers, which ran on Broadway for 168 performances ending in May of 1931. She appeared with Jimmy Durante, among others, in this show.
She played a few minor supporting roles on film in the early 1940's and continued dancing and appearing on stage and vaudeville well into the late 1940s.
Ann Pennington died in New York City NY on November 4, 1971.
PENNINGTON VIDEO CLIPS
The Snake's Hips number from 1929 performed by Sharon Lynn and danced by famed Ziegfeld Follies dancer Ann Pennington. She was the first to introduce the "Black Bottom" dance in the 1926 edition of George White's Scandals. Unfortunately, most of her film appearances are lost. Although this copy is incomplete, it is the best copy available, however the cuts are obvious. Also performing, George Olsen and his Music
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we get a further advance back to normalcy when we bumped into Pat
Iarossi. Pat is a barber but that doesn't deter him from basking in the
sunshine at Miami and thanking his lucky stars that his family moved
from San Marco in Italy to Camden years ago.
is another excellent example of the melting-pot. His barber-shop is now
located at 600 North Third
Street, site having been Pat's for the past 14 years. Before that he
had a shop on Front Street, where he barbered the native sons and
daughters for 20 years.
no mistake, Pat has carried the tradition of the America that benefited
him so much into his own
oldest employee has been stropping the razors there for 18 years while
the baby of the outfit, who is
greatest memories cluster about Ann Pennington, Camden's gift to the
Follies and the stage, and the Dooleys, a theatrical family which also
is a proud Camden possession.
used to cut Ann Pennington’s hair when she was a child," Pat
recalled. "And the Dooleys always made my shop their headquarters.
Billy Dooley worked for me. The kids, six of them, trained in a patch we
called the 'cow lot’. Rae and May were the two girls, while Johnny was
the big shot of the boys.”
used to turn cartwheels right out in the lot there and come into my shop
to do a little vocal rehearsing. Ann Pennington was always dancing, you
couldn't keep her feet still. I remember one day Ann, Johnny Dooley and
a girl named Moore went over to Lubin's in Philadelphia, trying to break
into the movies.
wouldn’t handle them and they all came crying into my shop.”
Whereupon Pat produced a post card dated in 1911 showing Johnny Dooley
starring in the old Bijou Theatre in Philadelphia.
So Pat has no envy of the thespians or of anybody else. Why should he- Miami is some place to spend the Winter.
Ann Pennington's Filmography
Ann Pennington is known to have appeared in twenty-three films, of which she was billed as herself in four. These movies are as follows:
Her nineteen known film appearances as an actress are listed below.
Ann Pennington's Stage Appearances
1913 to 1924
1919 to 1926
New Amsterdam Theater, New York NY
George White Scandals
Gold Diggers Of Broadway
The New Yorker
Diaghilev Ballet Company
Tip Toe through The Tulips
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