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Performing Arts

Marika Gidali

A passionate dancer, Marika Gidali used the more theatrical elements of dance to communicate the history and current struggles of her adopted homeland, Brazil.

Berta Gersten

Regal and soft-spoken, Berta Gersten graced the Yiddish stage for decades, playing a wide range of leading roles to great critical acclaim.

Annabelle Gamson

Annabelle Gamson’s performances of Isadora Duncan’s choreography were remarkable both in their own right and for the fact that Gamson performed them in her forties, at an age when most dancers chose to retire.

Rose Eytinge

Reportedly the first American theater actress to earn a three-figure salary, Rose Eytinge was praised for her fiery, passionate performances.

Mary Jacqueline Fabian

Mary Jacqueline Fabian brought opera to those who might not otherwise hear it, from directing an opera company in Birmingham, Alabama to running education and enrichment programs for a quarter of a million children in postwar Europe.

Mama Cass Elliot

A folk singer with a gift for turning formerly up-tempo tunes like “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” into unforgettable torch songs, Cass Elliot helped define the sound of her generation as a member of the Mamas and the Papas.

Louise Dresser

From her stage name to her rumored marriage to actor Will Rogers, Louise Dresser manipulated markers of identity and status to her advantage throughout her career.

Actress Hedy Lamarr patents the basis for WiFi

August 11, 1942

“All creative people want to do the unexpected.” — Actress Hedy Lamarr

Death of film critic Judith Crist

August 7, 2012

“The critics who love are the severe ones. We know our relationship must be based on honesty.” - Movie critic Judith Crist

Death of prima ballerina Melissa Hayden

August 9, 2006

“Blunt honesty and generosity in [Melissa Hayden's] life and dancing, that was her name.”

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