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Ruby Keeler (1910–1993)

Ruby Keeler started as a dancer on Broadway. After her marriage to Al Jolson she moved to Hollywood and become a star in Warners musicals opposite Dick Powell. After her divorce from Jolson she retired for almost 30 years, until she appeared in "No No Nanette" on Broadway in 1971 under the direction of Busby Berkeley. See full bio »

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 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression (Video documentary) (performer: "I Only Have Eyes for You", "Dames" - uncredited)
 2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "I Only Have Eyes for You", "Dames" - uncredited)
 2001 The Wedding Planner (performer: "Mr. and Mrs. Is The Name")
 1991 Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros. (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Forty-Second Street", "Shanghai Lil", "Pettin' in the Park", "I Only Have Eyes for You" - uncredited)
 1985 That's Dancing! (Documentary) (performer: "Forty-Second Street", "Shadow Waltz", "I Only Have Eyes for You")
 1976 Virgins in Heat (performer: "Forty-Second Street" - uncredited)
 1973 RCA's Opening Night (TV Movie) (performer: "Forty-Second Street" - uncredited)
 1972 The 26th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (performer: "I Want to Be Happy")
 1965 The Love Goddesses (Documentary) (performer: "Pettin' in the Park" - uncredited)
 1963 Hollywood and the Stars (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Fabulous Musicals (1963) ... (performer: "Forty-Second Street" - uncredited)
 1942 Six Hits and a Miss (Short) (performer: "You Gotta Know How to Dance")
 1942 Calling All Girls (Short) (performer: "Shanghai Lil")
 1941 Sweetheart of the Campus (performer: "Tap Happy")
 1937 Ready, Willing and Able ("Just a Quiet Evening" (1937), uncredited) / (performer: "Too Marvelous for Words" (1937), "Handy with Your Feet" (1937) - uncredited)
 1936 Colleen (lyrics: "You Gotta Know How to Dance" (1936) - uncredited) / (performer: "An Evening with You" (1936), "I Don't Have to Dream Again" (1936), "You Gotta Know How to Dance" (1936) - uncredited)
 1935 Shipmates Forever (performer: "Don't Give Up the Ship", "I'd Love to Take Orders from You" - uncredited)
 1935 Go Into Your Dance (performer: "A Good Old Fashioned Cocktail (With a Good Old Fashioned Gal)" (1935), "About a Quarter to Nine" (1935), "Ruby" (1935), "Pimiento" (1935), "She's a Latin from Manhattan" (1935) - uncredited)
 1934 Flirtation Walk (performer: "Flirtation Walk" (1934), "Mr. and Mrs. Is the Name" (1934) - uncredited)
 1934 Dames ("I Only Have Eyes for You" (1934), uncredited) / (performer: "Dames" (1934) - uncredited)
 1933 Footlight Parade (performer: "Shanghai Lil" (1933), "By a Waterfall" (1933), "Sittin' on a Back Yard Fence" (1933), "Honeymoon Hotel" (1933) - uncredited)
 1933 Gold Diggers of 1933 (performer: "Shadow Waltz" (1933), "Pettin' in the Park" (1933) - uncredited)
 1933 42nd Street (performer: "Forty-Second Street" (1932), "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" (1932) - uncredited)
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No, No, Nanette (1971). Musical comedy (revival). Music by Vincent Youmans. Lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto A. Harbach. Book by Otto A. Harbach and Frank Mandel. Book adapted by Burt Shevelove. Musical Director: Buster Davis. Vocal arrangements by Buster Davis. Music orchestrated by Ralph Burns. Dance arrangements by Luther ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 2 Articles | See more »


5' 4" (1.63 m)

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[on her early success] I was all personality and no talent. See more »


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... See more »

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