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Zelma O'Neal
Birth: May 28, 1903
Rock Falls
Whiteside County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 3, 1989
Pinellas County
Florida, USA

Entertainer. Born Zelma Schrader, she enjoyed her greatest success on Broadway in the 1920s as a comedic singer and dancer. She created the role of Flo in the New York and London productions of "Good News" (1927), in which she introduced the classic jazz standard "Varsity Drag", and starred in the musical comedy "Follow Thru" (1929), originating the song "Button Up Your Overcoat". After making a few silent films she went to Hollywood in the 1930s to lend her voice to talking pictures, appearing opposite such personalities as Jack Haley, Sr., Nancy Carroll, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Eugene Pallette, and Thelma Todd. Her 13 screen credits include "Paramount on Parade" (1930), "Follow Thru" (1930), "There Goes Susie" (1934), "Joy Ride" (1935), and "Let's Make a Night of It" (1937). Financially secure from her Hollywood income, O'Neal retired from show business in 1937 and spent the remainder of her life devoted to her friends, fans, and religious causes. 
Family links: 
  August Schrader (1877 - 1948)
  Olive Grace Miller Herlihy (1881 - 1955)
  Patrick O'Moore (1909 - 1983)
  Anthony Arnatt Bushell (1904 - 1997)
Royal Palm North Cemetery
Pinellas Park
Pinellas County
Florida, USA
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Record added: Apr 06, 2010
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