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November 17, 2017

Glamorous Portrait Photos of Ziegfeld Girls Taken by Alfred C. Johnston From the Late 1910s to Early 1930s

Alfred Cheney Johnston (1885-1971) was a New York City-based photographer known for his portraits of Ziegfeld Follies showgirls as well as of actors and actresses from the worlds of stage and film.

Ziegfeld Follies girls taken by Alfred Cheney Johnston

Johnston was born into an affluent New York banking family, which subsequently moved to Mount Vernon, New York. Initially he studied painting and illustration at the National Academy of Design in New York, but after graduating in 1908, his subsequent efforts to earn a living as a portrait painter did not meet with success. Instead, reportedly at the suggestion of longtime family friend and famed illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, he started to employ the camera previously used to record his painting subjects as his basic creative medium.

In approximately 1917, Johnston was hired by famed New York City live-theater showman and producer Florenz Ziegfeld as a contracted photographer, and was affiliated with the Ziegfeld Follies for the next fifteen years or so. He photographed several hundred actresses and showgirls (mainly in New York City, and whether they were part of the Follies or not) during that time period.

Here is a portrait photo collection of glamorous Ziegfeld girls that were taken by Alfred Cheney Johnston from the late 1910s to early 1930s.

Ada May

Adele Mason

Adrienne Ames

Albertina Vitak

Alice Wilkie

Alma Rubens

Ann Pennington

Anne Lee Patterson

Barbara Stanwyck

Bernice Ackerman

Beth Beri

Billie Burke

Billie Dove

Blanche Satchel

Carmel Myers

Caryl Bergman

Catherine Moylan

Claudia Dell

Delores Costello

Doris Kenyon

Dorothy Dickson

Dorothy Fenron

Dorothy Knapp

Dorothy Sebastian

Drucilla Strain

Elizabeth Brown

Emma Haig

Evan Burrows Fontaine

Evelyn Laye

Flo Newton

Gilda Gray

Gladys Glad

Gloria Swanson

Grace Moore

Harriet Hoctor

Helen Lee Worthing

Janet McGrew

Jean Ackerman

Katherine Burke

Lee Russell

Lora Foster

Louise Brooks

Marie Prevost

Marion Benda

Martha Mansfield

Mary Jane Nickerson

Mary Pickford

Mitzi Hajos

Muriel Finley

Myrna Darby

Naomi Johnson

Norma Shearer

Olive Ann Alcorn

Peggy Blake

Peggy Hopkins Joyce

Peggy Shannon

Rose Dolores

Tallulah Bankhead

The Cutter Sisters

The Dolly Sisters

Virginia Biddle

Virginia Snyder

Vivian Porter

Yvonne Shelton



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