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Dagmar's in town!
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Dagmar (born Virginia Ruth Egnor, 1921-2001) was a statuesque, busty, blonde actress, model and television personality who became the first major female star of early 1950s live television. With tight sweaters displaying her curvy 5' 8" figure (measuring 42"-23"-39"), her dim-bulb character was an immediate success with TV viewers and her appearances created a sensation, leading to much press coverage; her fan mail was said to have reached over 8,000 letters a month at the peak of her career. She hosted several shows, appeared in numerous magazine cover stories, performed in Las Vegas shows and summer stock theater, was a regular panelist on game shows, and appeared on several variety shows throughout her career. Dagmar died in West Virginia on October 9, 2001, at the age of 79 of undisclosed causes.
Photograph caption dated November 2, 1951 reads, Looking every inch a television star, Dagmar enjoys an evening at Ciro's with her husband, Dan Dayton (left); Lorraine Cugat (second from right), estranged wife of Bandleader Xavier Cugat, and her escort, Gould Morrison. Dagmar, who is big on TV in the east, flew out here to spend some time with her husband.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 12510
Dayton, Dan,--1923-1999
Cugat, Xavier,--1900-1990--Family
Ciro's (Nightclub)
Television actors and actresses--United States
Television personalities--United States
Models (Persons)--United States
Nightclubs--California--Los Angeles
Actresses--United States
Nightclubs--California--West Hollywood
Couples--California--West Hollywood
West Hollywood (Calif.)
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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