- Gloria Foy
Gloria Foy (
October 25, 1901– February 27, 1977) was a dancer, singer, vaudeville performer, and star of musical revues. She was a slim and energetic blonde from Lima, Ohio. Her family were theatrical people.Her father was Harry Foy.
Her build was strong and husky, yet piquant. One reviewer described her dancing style as "rampageous". Foy came to prominence in the
John Murray AndersonRevue in March 1920. This assemblage was the successor to the theater director's Greenwich VillageFollies. Aside from Foy the production showcased an attractive singer named Rosalind Fuller and a dancer, Allyn Kearns.
Foy claimed that she gained an inch of height simply by dancing during performances of "Up She Goes" (1922). She was twenty-one years old at the time. Her instructor explained that this happened because muscles stretch during vigorous dancing. By June 1923 she was dancing two hours per night during performances, appearing in two
matineeshows per week, and also practising two hours daily. Another hour of her day was devoted to a dancing lesson.
She obtained the role of "Sally" in "Up She Goes" when
Marilyn Millerwed Jack Pickfordand fell out with Florenz Ziegfeld. Percy Hammond of the New York Tribuneconsidered Foy "a better dancer, a better actress, and a better looker than Miss Miller."
In November 1924 Foy played the title character in "Betty Lee", a musical comedy which had an all-star cast. The show gave her the opportunity to demonstrate her ample singing and dancing talent.
Joe E. Brownbrought humorous life to his character, a valet-trainer. William Gaxton, formerly of the Music Box TheatreRevue, had the part of the "bluffing college cheerleader".
Lou Holt and Foy were the principal players in "Patsy" which debuted at the Mason Operahouse in
Los Angeles, Californiaon March 8, 1926. 100showgirls participated in the production which was conceived and produced in southern California. Among the song "divertissements" was arendition of "Tiger Eyes" which showcased Foy and five dancers. "Patsy" concluded its Los Angeles run in mid-May and was put on theroad to San Francisco, Californiaand then other American cities.
Foy was Hal Skelly were signed by the
Shubert Theaterowners in March 1927. The two were engaged to present "The Circus Princess" for theater audiences. During the fall and winter season of 1930 Foy toured on the RKOvaudeville circuit. George Jessel, Viola Dana, Aunt Jemima (Tess Gardella), Georgia Price, and Anna Seymour also toured. During her vaudeville shows Foy entertained with "imitations, gags and satire". Sometimes she was assisted in her skits by Alan David and Sam Critcherson.
At the age of twenty-two Foy inherited a fortune estimated to be in excess of $1,500,000, in November 1923. The money came from the will of an uncle, Richard Foy. He was a wealthy coffee planter in
Rio de Janeiro. She obtained access to one third of this amount immediately.According to its terms, the inheritance specified that she would be entitled to another third, providing that she married within three years time. The final instalment would come to Foy if she lived with her husband for ten years. By the end of December she had received more than5,000 proposals from suitors worldwide. One of her first purchases after the bequest was a 1924 BuickBrougham Sedan.
Foy had some definite ideas concerning marriage. Some of these angered members of the
Lucy Stone League, as well as women in general. She was quoted as saying that marriage should be "journey's end" to modern couples like it was to their grandparents. She believed that many women did not feel deeply enough about marriage. To them it was like buying a new frockor obtaining a new job.
Her only screen credit is a small role in "Dancing Lady" (1934). The
MGMmotion picture reunited Clark Gableand Joan Crawfordfor the fourth time on film. This time in a musical comedy.
Sometime in 1934 Foy returned to New York and resumed work as a star of musical comedy. She returned to Los Angeles and was the guestof
Kay Kyserat the Miramar Theater in September. While Kyser entertained with music, Foy and Edwards danced together with Sidney Blackmerand Suzanne Kaaren.
Foy sent a $25 bill to a New York telephone company in 1920, requesting that it correct its errors. She said that she had been forcedto get out of bed three times in a single week because of wrong numbers.
She was called "the sweetest girl in the world" by the New York
American Legion. The phrase was uttered at a Legion banquet which convened at the Drake Hotelin Chicago, Illinois, in October 1923.
Foy was in an auto accident near
Westerly, Rhode Islandin July 1931. Eddie Foy, Lenore Ulric, and Sidney Blackmer were with her in the wreck, but no one was injured. ComedianEddie Foy was no relation to Gloria.
She married a broker named Easterday in July 1924. Later she married stage actor Alan Edwards. Edwards and Foy were seen together at the
Cocoanut Grove (Los Angeles)in May 1934.
Foy became an aviator and soloed for the first time in August 1933.
Gloria Foy died in Hollywood of kidney disease in 1977. She was 75 years old.
Bismarck Tribune, "Some Feminists Disagree With Famous Beauty in Discussion", July 16, 1924, Page 8.
* Burlington Daily Times-News, "Joan Crawford And Clark Gable Graham Mon.-Tues.", Saturday, February 17, 1934, Page 3.
Fitchburg Sentinel, "News And Comment Of Stage And Screen", July 11, 1931, Page 5.
Los Angeles Times, "Proposals Pour In To Heiress", December 27, 1923, Page I10.
* Los Angeles Times, "Love Lures All Mates Of Dancer", July 27, 1924, Page B29.
* Los Angeles Times, "Forget Ancient Traditions", March 7, 1926, Page 21.
* Los Angeles Times, Society of Cinemaland", March 7, 1926, Page 38.
* Los Angeles Times, "When Tiger Eyes Are Smiling", May 4, 1926, Page A11.
* Los Angeles Times, "Hobnobbing In Hollywood", August 22, 1933, Page A7.
* Los Angeles Times, "Hobnobbing In Hollywood", May 26, 1934, Page 6.
* Los Angeles Times, "Around and About in Hollywood", September 6, 1934, Page 19.
* Los Angeles Times, "Around and About in Hollywood", September 12, 1934, Page 18.
* Modesto Evening News, "Girl Adds More Than Inch To Her Height By Dancing", Saturday, June 23, 1923, Page 19.
* Modesto Evening News, "Young, Pretty And Wealthy, This Girl Wants A Husband", Monday, November 26, 1923, Page 2.
* Modesto Evening News, "Gloria Foy Chooses Buick", Saturday, December 8, 1923, Page 30.
New York Times, "John Murray Anderson's Revue", March 20, 1920, Page 14.
Oakland Tribune, "Exits And Entrances", March 24, 1927, Page 17.
* Oakland Tribune, "Cohens, Kellys Bring Laughs At Orpheum", January 15, 1931, Page 24.
* Ogden Standard-Examiner, "Percy Hammond's Letter", Sunday Morning, November 19, 1922, Page 19.
* Sandusky Star Journal, Monday, March 22, 1920, Page 7.
Syracuse Herald, "Wieting Offers Betty Lee For Week-End Run", November 9, 1924, Page 52.
* Syracuse Herald, "Up And Down The Rialtos", Wednesday Evening, September 3, 1930, Page 17.
* Syracuse Herald, "The Stage", February 28, 1924, Page 19.
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