Versatile dancer of the stage and screen, Ada-May [Ada May Weeks] first headlined on Broadway in the 1924 musical "Lollipop." A native of Long Island, she danced in public at age five, and by high school had mastered ballroom, ballet, tap, and "aesthetic" (modern) dance. At age fourteen, she understudied Marilyn Miller in "Around the World" and worked as a solo dancer for Ziegfeld in the Midnight Frolic.
Ada-May discovered a talent for comedy and quickly adapted to speaking parts, playing effectively in minor roles in "Fancy Free," "Listen Lester," and "Jim Jam Jems." In 1927 she played a lead role in "Rio Rita," the musical hit that opened the new Ziegfeld Theater. David S. Shields/ALS