b. Hazel Dawn La Tout, 23 March 1891, Ogden, Utah, USA, d. 28 August 1988, New York City, New York, USA. In her mid-teenage years Dawn went to England to study singing and violin and soon found opportunities for her charming soprano voice in musical comedies staged in London’s West End. She appeared in Dear Little Denmark (1909) and The Dollar Princess (1910) before returning to America. There, she continued her theatrical career with leading roles in hit shows, including playing the title role in The Pink Lady (1911), which was written by Ivan Caryll. Nightly, Dawn stopped the show when she sang and played violin for her big number, ‘My Beautiful Lady’. When the show transferred to London’s West End, Dawn arrived with it and scored a huge personal success. Back in the USA, she took important roles in several shows, including The Little Café (1913) and The Century Girl (1916), the latter produced by Florenz Ziegfeld. She also appeared in a touring production of Ziegfeld’s Follies in 1923 and was in The Great Temptations (1926). Not restricted to musical comedies, Dawn also played straight dramatic roles but despite her considerable success, at the start of the 30s she retired from the theatre. In 1946 she played a minor film role in Margie but thereafter made no more appearances on either stage or film.
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