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The HistoryMakers video oral history with Elaine Ellis.

Title
The HistoryMakers video oral history with Elaine Ellis.
Publication
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]

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Details

Additional Authors
  • Ellis, Elaine, 1917-2013
  • Jones, Adrienne (Interviewer)
  • Burghelea, Neculai
  • HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection), production company.
Description
1 online resource (2 video files (49 min., 46 sec.)) : sound, color.
Summary
Dancer Elaine Ellis was born on November 30, 1917, in Panama. After graduating from Jamaica High School, Ellis taught typing and eventually became a traveling instructor. Interested in going into business for herself, Ellis owned and operated a dry cleaners and later a cosmetics counter. Not wanting to own a business, Ellis answered an open call at the Cotton Club and was the last chorus girl hired, in 1939. When the Cotton Club closed in 1940, Ellis went on to perform at Café Zanzibar and the Apollo Theater. She performed with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Duke Ellington, and others during this period. Ellis eventually quit dancing to begin a twenty-five year bartending career. In 1986, Ellis was invited to join the Silver Belles, a group of former chorus girls who regularly perform at the Cotton Club. The Silver Belles were the subject of the documentary Been Rich All My Life. Ellis passed away December 21, 2013.
Alternative Title
  • History Makers video oral history with Elaine Ellis
  • Elaine Ellis
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Internet videos.
  • Interviews.
  • Nonfiction films.
  • Oral histories.
Credits (note)
  • Videographer, Neculai Burghelea.
OCLC
1003150574
Title
The HistoryMakers video oral history with Elaine Ellis.
Publisher
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Country of Producing Entity
United States naf
Playing Time
004946
Type of Content
two-dimensional moving image
Type of Medium
computer
Type of Carrier
online resource
Digital File Characteristics
video file
Performer
Adrienne Jones, interviewer.
Credits
Videographer, Neculai Burghelea.
Event
Recorded New York, New York 2007 October 25.
Source of description
Vendor-supplied metadata.
Connect to:
Available from home with a valid library card and onsite at NYPL
Indexed Term
Dancer.
Added Author
Ellis, Elaine, 1917-2013, interviewee.
Jones, Adrienne (Interviewer), interviewer.
Burghelea, Neculai, director of photography.
HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection), production company.
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