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Portrait of Janette Hackett with Genie Bottle
This portrait depicts Janette Hackett, an acclaimed dancer of the early twentieth century. Hackett’s first career performance came as a teenager when she appeared in the Shubert’s "Passing Show". During this time, under the tutelage of Kitty Doner, Hackett learned to dance. After studying Hawaiian and Oriental' dance, she went on a five-week tour performance with Nora Bayes and later replaced Billie Shaw in the established act of “Seabury and Shaw”. Hackett received great reviews for the twenty-week engagement, and as a result, William Seabury extended an offer to help Hackett establish a new act. The new routine would pair her with Harry Delmar, with whom she performed in a dancing duo with for many years and later married. Hackett had many notorious, highly successful acts and continued to dance and choreograph for many years. Among her legacies are several “soundies” featuring the “Janette Hackett Dancers” or the “Janette Hackett Girls”. She is pictured here mid-stride, perhaps performing a number about a smoking genie bottle in the bottom right-hand corner of the frame. Her attire, inspired by genie aesthetic, is scant and beaded with scarves draping from her arms and wrapped around her head as well. She holds her arms up, exposing an illuminated torso. Photo manipulations applied by Hixon in the development process make up the smoke raising from the genie bottle, creating a pattern that mimics the beading that extends the length of her skirt.