Ruby Keeler (1909–1993)

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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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42nd Street Peggy Sawyer
Footlight Parade Bea Thorn
Shipmates Forever June Blackburn


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 1989 Beverly Hills Brats
 1985 Glitter (TV Series)
- The Tribute (1985)
 1970 The Phynx
Ruby Keeler
 1964 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
- Hooray for Hollywood (1964) ... Ruby
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Peggy Rusher
- The Show Must Go on - To Orange City (1964) ... Peggy Rusher
 1954 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Guest Dancer
- Episode #3.3 (1954) ... Guest Dancer
 1941 Sweetheart of the Campus
Betty Blake
 1938 Mother Carey's Chickens
Katherine 'Kitty' Carey
 1938 Hollywood Handicap (Short)
Ruby Keeler
 1937 A Day at Santa Anita (Short)
Ruby Keeler (uncredited)
 1936 Colleen
Colleen Reilly
 1935 Shipmates Forever
June Blackburn
 1935 Go Into Your Dance
Dorothy 'Dot' Wayne
 1934 Flirtation Walk
'Kit' Fitts
 1934 Dames
Barbara Hemingway
 1933 Footlight Parade
Bea Thorn
 1933 Gold Diggers of 1933
Polly Parker
 1933 42nd Street
Peggy Sawyer
 1930 Show Girl in Hollywood
Ruby Keeler - Cameo Appearance at Premiere (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Show Girl. Musical comedy. Music by George Gershwin. Material by William Anthony McGuire. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Gus Kahn. Based the novel by J.P. McEvoy. Musical Director: William Daly. Additional lyrics by Thomas Malie, Sidney Skolsky, W.H. Farrell and Jimmy Durante. Additional music by W.H. Farrell and Jimmy Durante. ... See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


5' 2" (1.57 m)


John Homer Lowe  (his death)  (4 children) | See more »


Ken Weatherwax (niece or nephew)

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[on why she was not portrayed in 'The Jolson Story'] I don't like him. I don't want my children to grow up someday and maybe see the picture and know I was married to a man like that. See more »


A street in Burbank, California is named for her. See more »

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