Women For Freedom #21 Ruby Keeler

In the movie “Dames”, Ruby Keeler’s character Barbara Hemingway said, “I’m free, white, and 21. I love to dance AND I’m going to dance.”

Those were different times.

Ruby died 30 years ago today in California aged 83.

“Al Jolson was my first husband.” she once said, “He always used to boast that he was spoiling me for any man who might come after him. I think Al sensed that it wasn’t easy for me being married to an American institution… Was he right about spoiling me? I’m sorry. I couldn’t possibly say. I couldn’t be that indiscreet.”

Those were the days.

Geoff Fox