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Vilma Ebsen

Born: Feb 1, 1911

Death: Mar 12, 2007

Birthplace: Belleville

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Vilma Ebsen

Date of Birth : Feb 1, 1911
Date of Death : Mar 12, 2007
Birth Place : Belleville

Vilma Ebsen was an American musical theatre and film actress best known for dancing in Broadway shows and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals in the 1930s with her more famous brother, Buddy Ebsen. Ebsen was born in Belleville, Illinois. During her childhood, her family relocated to Florida. She learned to dance at her father's dance studio in Orlando, Florida, in the 1920s. Vilma and Buddy Ebsen moved to New York in 1928, where they formed a vaudeville act. One of their first appearances together was in Eddie Cantor's Ziegfeld production, Whoopee. When Whoopee closed after a year and a half, Vilma and Buddy Ebsen took their act to Atlantic City, where they caught the eye of celebrity columnist Walter Winchell. A one-paragraph rave in Winchell's column lifted the Ebsens from obscurity. Vilma and Buddy Ebsen performed their dance act on Broadway, as well as around the United States in vaudeville theatres and supper clubs throughout the early 1930s. Some of the Broadway productions they starred in were Flying Colors and Ziegfeld Follies of 1934. They came to Hollywood in 1935, where Vilma Ebsen starred in one film, playing Sally Burke in Broadway Melody of 1936.

Profession


  • Actor
  • Dancer

Parents


  • Christian Ludolph Ebsen, Sr.
  • Frances Ebsen

Spouse


  • Robert E. Dolan
  • Stanley Briggs

Children


  • Michael Briggs
  • Bobby Dolan Jr.
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