Ruby Keeler - biography

Actor from Canada,United States of America

Ruby Keeler Ruby Keeler, born Ethel Hilda Keeler, (August 25, 1910 – February 28, 1993) was an actress, dancer and singer most famous for her on-screen coupling with Dick Powell in a string of successful early musicals at Warner Brothers, particularly 42nd Street (1933). From 1928 to 1940, she was married to singer Al Jolson. She retired from show business in the 1940s but made a widely-publicized comeback on Broadway in 1971. Keeler was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, to an Irish Catholic family, one of six siblings. Two sisters, Helen and Gertrude, had brief performing careers. Her father was a truck driver, and when she was three years old, her family packed up and moved to New York City where he knew he could get better pay. But it was not enough: there were six children, and although Keeler was interested in taking dance lessons, the family could not afford to send her. Keeler attended St. Catherine of Siena parochial school on New York's East Side, and one period each week a dance teacher would come and teach all styles of dance. The teacher saw potential in Keeler and spoke to her mother about Ruby taking lessons at her studio. Though her mother declined, apologizing for the  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Ethel Hilda Keeler
Date of birth
Place of birth
Canada,United States of America
Gertrude Keeler Helen Keeler
Singer, Pin-up girl, Actor


Year Performance Character
1941 Sweetheart of the Campus
1937 A Day at Santa Anita Him/Herself
1937 Ready, Willing, and Able
1936 Colleen
1935 Go Into Your Dance
1934 Flirtation Walk
1933 Gold Diggers of 1933
1933 Footlight Parade


Date of death
Cause of death
Place of death
Rancho Mirage

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