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Doris Eaton Travis
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    (March 14, 1904-May 11, 2010)
    Born in Norfolk, Virginia
    Appeared on Broadway in 'Mother Carey's Chickens' (1917), 'No Other Girl' (1924), 'Big Boy' (1925), Excess Baggage' (1927), 'Cross My Heart' (1928) and 'Merrily We Roll Along' (1935)
    Member of the Ziegfeld Follies (1918-20)
    Appeared in the films 'At the Stage Door' (1921), 'Tell Your Children' (1922), 'The Broadway Peacock' (1922), 'High Kickers' (1923), 'Fashion Follies' (1923), 'Street Girl' (1929) and 'Man in the Moon' (1999)
    Wrote the autobiography 'The Days We Danced' (2003)
    Was the last surviving Ziegfeld Girl
    She first appeared on stage at age five.
    She joined the Ziegfeld Follies at 14, lying about her age and using a pseudonym to evade the child labor laws.
    At 18, she married a theater producer twice her age.
    She was better known for her longevity than her acting.
    Her second marriage, to engineer Paul Travis, lasted 51 years until his death.
    When acting work dried up, she became a tap instructor for Arthur Murray, eventually owning a chain of 18 studios in Michigan.
    At age 88, she graduated cum laude from the University of Oklahoma.
    At 94, she returned to Broadway for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter benefit, became an audience favorite, and returned for over a decade.
    Two weeks before her death, she appeared at Broadway Cares and performed a few high kicks, apologizing to the audience that she could no longer do handstands.

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