Transcript of interview with Mary Louise Williams by Claytee D. White, June 19, 1998


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Transcript of interview with Mary Louise Williams by Claytee D. White, June 19, 1998
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White, Claytee D.
Interview with Mary Louise Williams conducted by Claytee D. White on June 19, 1998. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Williams was musically trained and worked as a dancer at the opening of the Moulin Rouge in 1955. Following her career in social work and teaching in New York, she retired to Las Vegas.
Mary Louise Williams was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Her mother, Carrie Randolph, preferred not to encourage young Mary Louise's interest in dancing—dancers didn't wear enough clothing in her opinion. However, Mary Louise was provided piano and violin lessons. Nevertheless, dancing would become part of her destiny. Among her dancing credits is being one of the first dancers at the new Moulin Rouge club when it opened in May 1955. As Mary Louise describes it, her appearance and being short, 5' 1", helped land her the jobs more on looks than her dance training. She was the perfect "pony" dancer at the end of the line. In addition, she was dependable. Mary Louise shares stories of her evolving dance career that enabled her to travel the world. She recalls her friends Anna Bailey, who also was a Moulin Rouge dancer, and Bob Bailey, who she knew since junior high school. Over the years she often returned to Las Vegas to visit. Though she lived much of her adult life in New York, she retired to Las Vegas and sat for this interview.
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