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Duncan, Isadoralocked

(26 May 1877–14 September 1927)
  • Ann Daly


Duncan, Isadora (26 May 1877–14 September 1927), dancer, was born in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Joseph C. Duncan, a journalist, auction house owner, and banker, and Mary Dora Gray, a piano teacher. In 1869 Joseph Duncan opened the Pioneer Land and Loan Bank, which closed in scandal several months after Isadora’s birth. The Duncans were divorced soon thereafter, and Dora and her four children began a destitute existence in Oakland. Mrs. Duncan supplied her children with a life filled with Schubert and Shakespeare and the writings of the agnostic orator ...

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