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Portrait of Bill Robinson, 1933.
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson shuffled from vaudeville right into the movies

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Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Was Born
May 25, 1878

Orphaned as a baby, Robinson began performing in local beer gardens at age six. Within two years, this young "hoofer," or song-and-dance man, was entertaining audiences far from home. He performed on stage in "vaudeville," shows featuring numbers by dancers, singers, comedians, and actors. By the time he was a young adult, he earned top dollar dancing on the vaudeville circuit and in nightclubs. You may have seen him in old movies, dancing alongside a little dimpled girl with golden curls. Can you guess who she was?
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