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Margie Marlowe: 1937

Margie Marlowe: 1937

A promotional photo of my mother, Margie Wooten, a professional tap and jazz dancer taken at age 16 in Chicago, IL and autographed for her Aunt Rose. She had begun dancing at age 6 (winning the title of Little Miss New South Memphis along the way), turned professional at age 9 and, after graduating high school at age 16, danced on the vaudeville circuit in the US and Canada. Under her stage name of Margie Marlowe, she later led the Memphis Orpheum Theatre's own version of the Rockettes: Margie Marlowe and her Dancing Sweethearts. She went on to become an Army wife and raised 7 children, but continued performing and choreographing until she retired from the stage in her late 70's. Today, at age 92 she is as beautiful as ever. View full size.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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