Ray Bolger

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Raymond Wallace Bolger, 10 January 1904, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 15 January 1987, Los Angeles, California, USA. An eccentric, rubber-legged dancer with a style and image that had to be seen to be believed. He started out as a comedian in 1922 with the Bob Ott Musical Repertory Company and four years later gained a small part in a Broadway show called The Merry Whirl. After a spell in vaudeville, he returned to Broadway in the late 20s and 30s in shows such as Heads Up, George White’s Scandals, Life Begins At 8:40, and On Your Toes (1936). Bolger shot to stardom in the latter show in which he introduced the lovely ‘There’s A Small Hotel’, and performed an hilarious eccentric dance in Richard Rodgers’ famous ‘Slaughter On Tenth Avenue’ ballet. After leaving the show he moved to Hollywood and appeared in The Great Ziegfeld, Rosalie, Sweethearts, and one of the most memorable films of all time, The Wizard Of Oz (1939), in which...

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