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Last Ziegfeld Folly dies aged 106

Doris Eaton Travis
Image caption Doris Eaton Travis became the youngest Ziegfeld Folly in 1918

Doris Eaton Travis, the last surviving dancer from the Ziegfeld Follies troupe, has died in the US aged 106.

Travis first performed in the legendary Broadway show famed for its elaborate costumes and dance routines in 1918 aged 14.

At the age of 101 the dancer performed in a charity gala at the New York theatre where she made her debut.

Broadway is due to dim its lights on Wednesday evening as a mark of respect for the veteran performer.

Travis went on to appear in a number of silent Hollywood films in the 1920s and 30s and starred on stage opposite Al Jolson.

She continued to dance and sing in a Los Angeles revue, giving the first performance of Singin' In The Rain.

In her latter years, Travis also appeared in productions staged for the annual Easter bonnet benefit.

She was a dance teacher and a local television celebrity in Detroit.

Speaking about her life as a performer in 2005, Travis said: "I'm sure that the dancing I've done, exercising, has helped me to keep a body that is flexible.

She added that her longevity and connection with the Zeigfeld Follies came as a surprise to many people, "possibly because I'm still walking around".

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