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Willard Suitcases / Margaret D / Question * Update!

Posted in Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 18/02/2015

Yesterday we had a very productive day shooting more of Margaret D’s possessions.  Every once in a while, something completely unexpected pops up.  Among the many photographs in Margaret’s collection was this picture postcard.  It was so unlike everything else that she had that it was a bit of a shock.  There was no information on the back, but I thought I immediately knew the identity of the woman in the bathing suit.  Peg wasn’t so sure.  So I am opening it up for all of you to help us figure out who this is.  In a few days, I will post my guess, along with more images from the shoot.  As I mentioned before, Margaret came to Willard with almost an entire household.  It will take us months to get through it all, but is a remarkable look into her life.

Wow, my sister Karen nailed it.  Ann Miller.  Look in the comments to see the other responses.  Here is the original that she tracked down on the web.

Thanks Sis!  And I owe Peggy a beer.  My money was on Bess Myerson.

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  1. Karen said, on 18/02/2015 at 10:17 am

    Ann Miller, actress dancer, and sometime partner to Fred Astaire. Ms. Miller died in 1946. Google her. Lots of images although I can’t locate this particular postcard image.

    • theresa said, on 18/02/2015 at 10:24 am

      Yep Ann Miller… looks like a card they would hand out when you went to the movies and that actor was in it. publicity…she was best as a tap dancer, singer, comedy. I saw her in the 70’s at a dinner playhouse – Cactus Flower. She died in 2004.

  2. david said, on 18/02/2015 at 10:18 am

    When I looked @ the bathing suite, Bette Davis came to mind.

  3. karenljessup said, on 18/02/2015 at 10:22 am

    Found it, I think!


  4. JackieP said, on 18/02/2015 at 11:02 am

    As soon as I saw the pic I knew it was Anne Miller. My dad was a fan of hers, so I’ve seen lots of pictures and movies.

  5. Carolyn Rogers said, on 19/02/2015 at 5:39 am

    I’m “a day late and a dollar short”, but I recognized Ann Miller immediately! Loved her strong confident dancing and the cheerful characters she played back in the day when movie musicals were around.

  6. Mary said, on 19/02/2015 at 7:21 pm

    What a contrast Ann Miller’s gorgeous smile is to the serious faces of Margaret (?) beneath Miller’s feet (what an amazingly wonderful tap dancer) & perhaps her mother in the photo with the baby (?). Really sets one to thinking about the contrast between presentation of self and perhaps the hidden longing to kick loose!

  7. joncrispin said, on 20/02/2015 at 9:57 am

    Mary, thanks for your comment. I hope you are doing well. I would still like to get together sometime. Best, Jon

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