Florence Maslow, a popular dancer from the 1920s who appeared in the “Ziegfeld Follies” and worked with Josephine Baker, and later toured the United States as part of the dance team Florence and Alvarez, died July 3 at her home in Atlanta. She was 86.
Maslow, known as “Miss Florence,” began her dancing career at the age of 8 when she enrolled in ballet school in Philadelphia. At 13, while touring with the Gertrude Hoffman Girls, “Miss Florence” was discovered in New York by Florenz Ziegfeld. She performed in the “Ziegfeld Follies” until the Gary Society discovered she was underage.
Florence then moved to Paris, where she performed at the Moulin Rouge for five years. She eventually returned to New York City and appeared on Broadway in the musical “Gay Paree” at the Shubert Theater.
She appeared with a young actress, Ruby Stevens, who later changed her name to Barbara Stanwyck.
After joining dancer Julio Alvarez in a ballroom dance routine, Florence and Alvarez, the couple became a big success. In addition to touring the U.S., they toured the French and Italian Rivieras.
In 1935 the dancing team made its feature film debut in the MGM musical comedy “Student Tour,” starring Jimmy Durante.
Maslow was the sister of the agent Marty Martyn of Beverly Hills and sister-in-law of Margi Skouras, the daughter of Charles Skouras.
Maslow is survived by two daughters and five grandchildren.