"Gilda Gray's understudy from the Follies"

 Gilda Gray (1901-1959) was born Marianna Michalska in Krakow, Poland. She became famous as an American showgirl and invented the 'shimmy' dance. She later went to Hollywood and starred in a string of films.

Gray was a featured dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922. The Follies were a spectacular Broadway theatrical event show created by Florenz Ziegfeld in 1907. They ran nearly every year until 1936. The 1920s were the glory years, and many Hollywood stars of the silent era started out as Ziegfeld Girls, including Mae Murray, Louise Brooks, Marion Davies, Barbara Stanwyck and Paulette Goddard. Comedians who began their careers there included W.C. Fields, Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice and Will Rogers.