Rose Marie Magrill

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Rosemary Magrill (stage name Rose Marie Magrill; 1924[1] – March 19th, 2016) was Miss Florida in 1939.[2] At the time she was crowned she was underage.[3] She went on to place as a semi-finalist in Miss America[2] and became widely known as a "tap dancer extraordinary" with shows in a number of famous venues including Broadway.[3][4] As of 2006 she was a dance teacher in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[3]

Childhood[edit]

Magrill grew up in Miami, Florida.[5] Her lifelong interest in dance already showed by age 7, at which age the Miami News says she was "teaching playmates at 10 cents per lesson".[6] The 1941 article continues to track her career - running a dance school of 150 pupils by age 12, and "Miss Florida" at age 14, until her 17th pageant win at age 16, which won her a tour of the United States and South America.[6]

1930s - 1940s fame[edit]

Following her success, True Story - one of the major women's magazines of the time - placed Rose Marie Magrill on its cover for their October 1939 issue.

Magrill was a Miss Miami local contest winner.[2] In order to compete in the Miss Florida pageant, girls were required to be at least 18[citation needed] and were carefully screened for age, but there were 260 other girls in the contest and Magrill was able to complete the screening process without being asked her age.[citation needed] The finals took place in Atlantic City in September 1939.[7] Her true age was not revealed to contest officials until after her crowning, when she was competing for the title of Miss America. Magrill was permitted to continue in the Miss America contest, where she ultimately finished as a semi-finalist.[2]

At some time after the Miss America contest, Magrill lived in New York and became a Broadway dancer.[4] She was the cover girl for True Story magazine in October, 1939 - a major national magazine at the time. A November 2006 article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel described her dance career:

"[Rose Marie Magrill] was called "tap dancer extraordinary" by newspapers in the 1930s. She danced on Broadway and in the George White Scandals of 1939 and the Duke Ellington Review of 1943. She danced in hotel venues and all the big clubs in the country, including the Martha Raye's Five O'clock Club in Miami Beach. Her name was in lights on the marquee at the 500 Club in Atlantic City." [3]

According to Broadwayworld.com her Broadway performances included dancing girl and performer roles for:[4]

She also performed with the June Taylor Dancers.

Dance teacher[edit]

For many years (in the 1960s and 1970s), Rosemary ran a dancing school in New Jersey with her husband Ned Walsh.

Until 2012, Magrill was a dance instructor in Florida.[3]

Death[edit]

Rosemary died on March 19th, 2016, at the age of 92, after a very brief illness.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Age cited as 14 when the Miss Florida final took place, which was September 1939, 16 in March 1941 and 82 in November 2006, making her date of birth between September and November 1924. (sources:"10 years Ago this Week". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. 1949-09-10. Retrieved 2010-12-12.  and Bronte, Patricia (1941-03-12). "Lovely Miami Coleen named 'Fashion Queen': Rose Marie Magrill wins seventeenth beauty title". The Miami News. Retrieved 2010-12-12.  and Harakas, Margo (2006-11-19). "80s Are Awesome: These Eight Octogenarians Are Kicking Those Rocking-chair Stereotypes To The Curb". Sun-sentinel. Retrieved 2010-12-12. )
  2. ^ a b c d "List of title holders". MissFlorida.org. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Harakas, Margo (2006-11-19). "80s Are Awesome: These Eight Octogenarians Are Kicking Those Rocking-chair Stereotypes To The Curb". Sun-sentinel. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  4. ^ a b c "Rose Marie Magrill - Broadway biography". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  5. ^ Described as a "Miami girl" in 1940 ("New Setting For Bathing Beauty - Or Is It?". The Miami Daily News. 1940-09-22. Retrieved 2010-12-12. )
  6. ^ a b Bronte, Patricia (1941-03-12). "Lovely Miami Coleen named 'Fashion Queen': Rose Marie Magrill wins seventeenth beauty title". The Miami News. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  7. ^ The final was stated to have been "10 years ago this week" in the 10 September 1949 edition of a local newspaper ("10 years Ago this Week". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. 1949-09-10. Retrieved 2010-12-12. )