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Been Rich All My Life (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 4 January 2006 (USA)
Five sassy, tap dancing women aged 84 - 96. Meet the "Silver Belles".


Heather MacDonald (as Heather Lyn MacDonald)

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Credited cast:
Marion Coles Marion Coles ... Herself
Elaine Ellis Elaine Ellis ... Herself
Cleo Hayes Cleo Hayes ... Herself
Fay Ray Fay Ray ... Herself
Berte Lou Wood Berte Lou Wood ... Herself


They are the "Silver Belles," five women aged 84 to 96. They first met in the 1930's as chorus dancers at the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater where they worked 15 hour days, rehearsing a new show every week. In their heyday they performed with legendary band leaders like Cab Calloway, Jimmie Lunceford and Duke Ellington. When the big band era ended, and with it the need for show dancers, they all went into other work. In 1985 they put their tap shoes back on, and are still performing regularly. But in one week, Cleo tumbles down the subway stairs and breaks her knee and arm, Marion gets a pacemaker, and Bertye is taken to the hospital. Is this the end of the Silver Belles? Written by Signy

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Release Date:

4 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,252, 23 July 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,745, 1 October 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Wonderful movie about the love of dancing
13 June 2006 | by BryzySee all my reviews

I saw this movie at its premier in my hometown and I must say it was amazing. I was expecting a documentary (usually more boring than entertaining with a very bland narrator), but this wasn't one at all!!! There was no narrator and you really get attached to the characters like a "regular" movie. Watching these ladies from when they were young in the '20s to their current age (80s and 90s) just pulls at your heartstrings--because they are still kickin' it! (literally!) If you have a chance, go to the premier in New York on July 21st!! You will love it and your attendance will help it go national!! My compliments to Heather MacDonald (director).

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