Ruby Keeler, born Ethel Hilda Keeler (1910-1993) was a Canadian-born actress, dancer and singer. She was most famous for starring in the musical 42nd Street in 1933. Keeler was married to singer Al Jolson from 1928 to 1940.
Kay Francis, born Katherine Edwina Gibbs (1905-1968) was an American film and stage actress. She was the number one female star at Warner Brothers and the highest paid film actress between 1930-1936. At 5 feet 9 inches tall, Francis was the tallest leading lady in Hollywood during the 1930s.
Ann Harding, born Dorothy Walton Gatley (1902-1981) was an American theater, motion picture, radio and television actress. She made her Broadway debut in 1921 and starred in her first movie in 1929. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1931 for Holiday.
Dolores Del Rio (1905-1983) was a Mexican film actress during the silent film era and the Golden Age of Hollywood. She was considered one of the most beautiful actresses of her time and the first Latin American movie star to have international success.
Jean Muir, born Jean Muir Fullarton (1911-1996) first appeared on Broadway in 1930. She went to work for Warner Brothers in 1933 but returned to Broadway in 1937 because she wasn’t satisfied with the roles she was given. Muir continued to appear in films occasionally through 1943.
I’ve always liked the fashions of the 1930s; it was such a stylish era. My favorite pattern is the first one with Ruby Keeler. I’d love to have a dress just like this one. Do you have a favorite?
P.S. Thanks to Allison Marchant for posting the Hollywood patterns at Flickr with a Creative Commons license, so I can share them with you.