Marjorie Bonner (Ziegfeld Follies)

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Marjorie Bonner
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Majorie Bonner circa 1908
Born Marjorie Daw Collins
February 23, 1893[1]
Brooklyn, New York (state), U.S.
Died February 16, 1979
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Dancer, actress
Spouse(s) William H. Power (1908-1942; his death)

Marjorie Bonner (February 23, 1893 – February 16, 1979) was an American dancer and actress who was a member of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1908. Produced by Florenz Ziegfeld, the Follies were presented in June 1908, at the Jardin de Paris, atop the New York Theatre.[2]

She was born as Marjorie Daw Collins in Brooklyn (before NYC was consolidated). She appeared on stage in A Parisian Model (1906-1908), Miss Innocence (1909),[3] A Winsome Widow (1912), and later appeared in a few silent films.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She married William H. Power on November 14, 1908 in Cincinnati, Ohio, [5] and they would often appear on stage together.[6]

Bonner reportedly made money from investing in oil stocks. In 1911, it was reported that "Miss Marjorie Bonner, a member of the Anna Held Miss Innocence company, bears the distinction of being the richest chorus girl In the world. While touring Texas seven years ago with Anna Held in The Little Duchess, Miss Bonner invested a small amount of money in Beaumont oil stock. Recently she closed out her holdings at a net profit of $40,000, which she now possesses, in addition to a tidy bank roll accumulated In the past few years. As Miss Bonner has not as yet taken to the automobile habit, and is not a liberal dispenser of money, she is referred to by other members of the organization as “Hetty Greely".[7]


Widowed in 1942, she died in Tampa, Florida on February 16, 1979, and was buried at the Royal Palm Memorial Gardens in West Palm Beach, Florida.[8]


  1. ^ Barry, Owen (March 1910). The Sign of the Zodiac, The Green Book Album, p. 564 (listing February 23 as birthday for Marjorie Bonner "of Anna Held's company")
  2. ^ Musical Productions, New York Times, June 21, 1908, p. X6 (link).
  3. ^ Playbill for Miss Innocence - Chicago (January 1910; Bonner listed as Spanish dancer; husband Power playing The Duke of Pomerania)
  4. ^ Advertisement (advertisement for 1914 silent film The Master Cracksman in which Bonner and husband Power appeared), Seattle Star, February 6, 1915.
  5. ^ "Marjorie Bonner and "William 1. Power of the "Follies of IMS" were married Nov. 14, in Cincinnati", St. Louis Post-Dispatch; accessed August 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Majestic, Evening Star (Washington, D.C.), July 5, 1910.
  7. ^ "San Antonio Light Newspaper Archives, Nov 15, 1911, p. 4- NewspaperArchive®". 15 November 1911. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  8. ^ Obituary, Palm Beach Post, February 19, 1979.

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