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date: 21 January 2020

Castle, Irenelocked

(07 April 1893–25 January 1969)
  • Julie Malnig

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Castle, Irene (07 April 1893–25 January 1969), and Vernon Castle (02 May 1887–15 February 1918), ballroom dancers, were born, respectively, Irene Foote in New Rochelle, New York, and Vernon Blythe in Norwich, England. Irene was the daughter of Hubert Townsend Foote, a physician, and Annie Elroy Thomas. Vernon was the son of William Blythe, a tavern owner, and Jane (maiden name unknown). Vernon immigrated with his father and sister to the United States in 1906; the next year he took the name Castle. Although he had trained as an engineer at the University of Birmingham, Castle established himself as a promising musical comedy soloist soon after his arrival in the United States. His specialty was comedic dance; however, he was a highly versatile and talented performer, adept in several styles of popular dance. In productions such as ...

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