The Dolly Sisters ~ 1920’s ~ Ziegfeld Follies Girls - by Alfred Cheney Johnston ~
Rose “Rosie” Dolly (October 25, 1892 – February 1, 1970) and Jenny Dolly (October 25, 1892 – June 1, 1941), known professionally as The Dolly Sisters, were Hungarian-American identical twin dancers and actresses. As children, the sisters trained as dancers and began earning money in beer halls as early as 1907. Barred for being under age by the New York City stage, they toured the Orpheum Circuit until 1909 when they debuted on the Keith Vaudeville Circuit. In 1916 appeared in Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic and returned to the vaudeville where they commanded $2,000 a week. In 1918, they appeared in their only film together, the semi-autobiographical The Million Dollar Dollies.The Dolly Sisters’ private lives were as melodramatic as their public life was stellar. Rose Dolly was married three times while Jenny Dolly was married twice and had a string of highly publicized affairs with wealthy men. Their reputation for dating wealthy men earned them the nickname “The Million Dollar Dollies”.