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Eleanor Powell. Began her career at age 12, with an appearance at an Atlantic City hotel. As a teenager, she moved to vaudeville and Broadway, where producers insisted that the classically trained dancer study tap. With minimal training, she became the queen of tap dancing in the 1930s and 1940s, with MGM casting her in some of the best-loved musicals of all time. Photo inscribed: "To Jane Best Wishes Always, Eleanor Powell, 1935.
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