Ivy Sawyer

b. 13 February 1898, d. 16 November 1999, California, USA. After dancing professionally with John Jarrot, Sawyer teamed up with Joseph Santley . Thereafter, they appeared regularly on stage together.…
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b. 13 February 1898, d. 16 November 1999, California, USA. After dancing professionally with John Jarrot, Sawyer teamed up with Joseph Santley . Thereafter, they appeared regularly on stage together. Among the early Broadway shows in which they appeared was Betty (1916), which ran at the Globe Theatre for 63 performances. The show, which had been very popular in London’s West End in 1915 where it ran for about a year, had music by Paul Rubens , book by Frederick Lonsdale and Gladys Unger, lyrics by Adrian Ross and Rubens. Others in the cast included Edna Bates, Marion Davies and Raymond Hitchcock . Other shows included Oh, My Dear! (1918), which ran at the Princess and 39th Street Theatres for a total of 189 performances. With music by Louis Hirsch and book and lyrics by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse , the show also featured Santley, as did She’s A Good Fellow (1919), 120 performances at the Globe Theatre, with music by Jerome Kern , book and lyrics by Anne Caldwell . Sawyer appeared in The Half Moon (1920) at the Liberty Theatre, which ran for 48 performances. Produced by Charles B. Dillingham , the show’s music was by Victor Jacobi, book and lyrics by William Le Baron. In addition to Sawyer and Santley it also featured Joseph Cawthorn , William Ingersoll, John Copley Adams and Edna May Oliver; the latter would later star as detective Hildegarde Withers in a brief but entertaining series of mid-30s films.

Sawyer was in Irving Berlin ’s Music Box Revue (1921 and 1923 editions), Mayflowers (1925, opening the new Forrest Theater), Lucky (1927) and Just Fancy (1927). For the latter, which ran at the Casino Theatre for 79 performances, the music was by Joseph Meyer and Phil Charig , lyrics by Leo Robin , book by Gertrude Purcell and Santley, the latter also producing the show. Sawyer, as Linda Lee Stafford, sang ‘Sunday Beau’ with Peggy O’Neill, and with Santley ‘Two Loving Arms’ and ‘You Came Along’. Sawyer and Santley were inseparable off stage as well as on, and in addition to their work on Broadway they also toured in vaudeville as a popular double act, dancing and singing hit songs of the day. At the end of the 20s, Santley changed the direction of his career, going to Hollywood where he became a film director. Sawyer went along too, abandoned her career, raised two children and lived to a very great age.