My pride and joy, et cetera

Eleanore Whitney was born (as Eleanore Wittenberg) in 1917 in Cleveland, and spent her teenaged years studying dance and appearing in vaudeville. (She was serious about that dance stuff: one of her primary teachers was Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.) By the time she was eighteen, she was deemed ready for the silver screen.

Eleanore Whitney probably should not wear heels on a sled

Eleanore Whitney probably should not wear heels with snowshoes

Eleanore Whitney is just fine wearing heels under a beach umbrella

She did fifteen films in four years, and then abruptly left the industry in 1939 for personal reasons:

News clipping announcing Eleanore Whitney's marriage

And so far as is known, Mr and Mrs Backer lived happily ever after, or at least until death do them part; Eleanore passed away in 1983 at sixty-six.

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