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The Seven Spies Sisters Dance Revue

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Participant Marge Benson brought in this picture (above) of her and six of her sisters. The Seven Spies Sisters Dance Revue performed comedy, sang, and danced tap, ballet, and jazz all over the United States in the 1930′s, and were billed as the largest all-sister dance group in the world. Marge (pictured below) was interviewed at the StoryCorps MobileBooth in Ames by her sons Bob and Curt.

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  • LOL That is my Aunt Marge and my mother Georgia was the next to youngest of the dancing sisters. We have playbills and photos of the group all over our house and I always love hearing about their adventures with my grandparents. They all traveled in one car, that’s 9 people, with all their gear. Mom says the got 2 candy bars after each performance. Cleone, Juanita, and Betty are gone now, but Ada (the contortionist), Mary Jane, Marge, and my mom are all still kicking. It is wonderful to have such memories. I’d like to thank the web site for giving the Seven Spies Sisters another chance in the spotlight.
    Sincerely’
    Cynthia Cowan

    Comment from Cynthia Cowan on July 14, 2009 at 8:04 am - Reply to this Comment
  • What fond memories I have of the Seven Spies Sisters “cavorting” on the stage of the Atlantic Theater in Atlantic, Iowa. They were the biggest attraction on that stage which, at another time, included an appearance by Sally Rand and her Fan!
    But my fondest memories is of 1) my big brother, Dutch, who dated Cleone at one time and 2) the youngest sister, Betty, with whom I played Jacks when they both came to Sunday dinner at the Cranston home in the late 30′s. Betty and I were about eight or nine years of age at the time, and what a thrill to entertain them for a brief time so long ago. The Spies Sisters grew up in Massena, not far from Atlantic, and were truly talented, beautiful and so unspoiled. Years later, I revisited Atlantic, went to the Sunnyside Park for a picnic and saw Cleone with her young child, and Ada, another sister. What fun to find this webpage so that I can add these few words about an “act” that is truly hard to follow!

    Comment from Betty L. Cranston Derry on November 19, 2008 at 8:47 pm - Reply to this Comment

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