She was a woman born in Illinois somewhere who went to Paris and made it famous as a dancer, known mostly for her spinning flower-like dresses. I saw a couple of the films in a

 display in the Milwaukee Museum of Art this last summer – as part of the “Posters of Paris” display, which of course primarily emphasized Toulouse-Lautrec and his contemporaries. Fuller mostly danced at the Folies Bergère. She was part of the exhibit because her dances were covered by the art of Toulouse-Lautrec, Jean de Paléologue and Jules Cheret.This film, taken in 1896, was not colorized later by Ted Turner. According to the display explanation, each frame of the film was painted individually.

Read a little of her biography at the museum. When is someone going to make a film about her?

This first film was done in 1902.

This was done in 1896.  It wasn’t colorized by Ted Turner.  Each frame was individually painted.

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