100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies
It Books, Hardcover, 9780060853334, 208pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2006
The Ziegfeld Follies, Florenz Ziegfeld's stage spectacular, promised the best performers, the most lavish sets, and the most ravishing girls. Doris Eaton Travis was one of these prized beauties–and, at 14, was chosen as the youngest chorus girl in the Follies. "Mine eyes are yet dim with the luminous beauty of a girl named Doris," one Chicago reviewer wrote.
Today, at the age of 102, Eaton is the last living Ziegfeld girl. Over the past century, she has performed for presidents and princesses, entertained Gershwin, Lindbergh, and Astaire, starred in silent and talking pictures, bantered with Babe Ruth, offended Henry Ford, outlived six siblings, written a newspaper column, hosted a television show, earned a Phi Beta Kappa degree in history, raised turkeys, and raced horses. Century Girl is a visual tour of this extraordinary woman's journey through the ages.
Lauren Redniss is the author of Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies. A graduate of Brown University and the School of Visual Arts, she is a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, which nominated her work for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2008-2009 she was a Fellow at the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers, where she completed work on Radioactive. Lauren Redniss is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and teaches at the Parsons School of Design. She lives in New York City.
“The opposite of a page-turner: it’s a page-stopper, a page-savorer, in short: an unmitigated delight.”
-Lawrence Weschler, author of Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder and Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences
“With Century Girl, Lauren Redniss creates an entirely new genre of biography.”
“Lauren Redniss takes a graphically provocative approach in telling [Doris Eaton Travis’s] story.”
“Doris Eaton is the darling of Broadway, a New York treasure.”
-Nils Hanson, National Ziegfeld Club
“I wish Lauren Redniss would write and illustrate my biography in the dreamy, luminous way she did Doris Eaton Travis’s.”
-Maira Kalman, author and illustrator
“Striking and unique. . . captivating readers by twining simple, evocative text with a stunning array of images.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Not only did Doris Eaton Travis break records for accomplishment and humanity, she also had great hair and shoes.”
“My favorite new book this year. . . a visually dazzling melange. . . unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.”
-Slate (best books of 2006 pick)