~Ann Pennington~

Born: December 23, 1893 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Died: November 4, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA
~Biography~
Famous for her dimpled knees, diminutive Ann Pennington was one of Broadway impresario Florenz
Ziegfeld's most charming discoveries whose signature dance, "The Black Bottom," came to epitomize her
era. Moonlighting in the movies, Pennington starred as "Suzie Snowflake" (1916), "The Rainbow
Princess" (1916), and "Sunshine Nan" (1918), popular if middling entertainment that didn't interfere
with her nightly appearances in the Follies or George White's Scandals. In the 1920s, Pennington's screen
appearances were mainly specialty turns but she did star as "The Mad Dancer" (1925), in which she
posed in the nude. When sound came in, Pennington was highly visible in early musicals such as "Gold
Diggers of Broadway" (1929), "Tanned Legs" (1929 -- although the gams in question were June Clyde's
not Ann's), and "Happy Days" (1929). The latter, in which she appeared as herself, was Pennington's final
feature film until, inevitably, "The Great Ziegfeld" (1936). In that epic film-biography of her erstwhile
mentor (played with less than historical accuracy by William Powell), she again appeared as herself, but
the footage ended up on the cutting-room floor. She played a couple of minor supporting roles on screen
in the early 1940s and continued appearing on stage and in vaudeville until the late 1940s.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com
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~Filmography~
China Girl (1942) ... Entertainer
Unholy Partners (1941) ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Texas Terrors (1940) ... Dancer
Medicus Film of New York World's Fair (Documentary) ... Herself

Hello, Baby (Short) (1930) ... Ann

Fashion News (Documentary) (1929) ... Herself
Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929) ... Ann Collins - Movie Still Code: GD-X
Tanned Legs (1929) ... Tootie
Night Club (Short) ... Herself
Night Parade (1929) ... Ann Pennington
Is Everybody Happy? (1929) ... Lena Schmitt
Happy Days (1929) ... Dancer - 'Snake Hips' Number
Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929) ... Ann Collins
The Golden Strain (1925) ... Lucy Sulter
Madame Behave (1925) ... Gwen Townley
The Lucky Horseshoe (1925) ... Dancer
Pretty Ladies (1925) ... Ann Pennington
A Kiss in the Dark (1925) ... Specialty Dancer
The Mad Dancer (1925) ... Mimi
Manhandled (1924) ... Herself

Sunshine Nan (1918) ... Nance Molloy
The Antics of Ann (1917) ... Ann Wharton
The Little Boy Scout (1917) ... Justina Howland
The Rainbow Princess (1916) ... Hope
Susie Snowflake (1916) ... Susie