|Birth: ||Aug. 27, 1873|
|Death: ||Oct. 7, 1956|
Dancer and author. Born in Toronto however she spent her early year in San Francisco where she studied music. Before the turn of the century she moved to Europe, and was accepted in 1895 by the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. She later changed her name, prompted in part by the scandal surrounding her brother Theodore Durrant, who was hanged in 1898 for the sensational murder of two women in San Francisco.
In 1900, in need of money, she published an illustrated sex manual for women and shortly after she began dancing professionally. Despite being athletic, and having great imagination, she had little proper dance training. She was once compared to Isadora Duncan which annoyed her greatly as she hated Duncan.
In 1906 she debuted her production 'Vision of Salome' in Vienna. Based loosely on Oscar Wilde's play, her version of the Dance of the Seven Veils became famous and notorious and led to her being billed as 'The Salomé Dancer'.
In 1908 she published her autobiography My Life and Dancing. The same year she took England by storm in a tour in which she performed 250 performances in less than a year.
In 1910 she left Europe to travel and over the next five years she visited the United States, Australia, Africa, and Asia. In 1915 she starred as 'Demntra' in the silent film, The Rug Maker's Daughter.
From the 1920s on Allan taught dance and she lived with her secretary and lover, Verna Aldrich.
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Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Created by: Medora
Record added: Jan 22, 2008
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