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Portrait of Miss Egan Dressed in White
Miss Egan, born with the name Mary Florence Cecilia Egan, was a violinist and bandleader during the 1920s through the 1930s. Her career started from the pit orchestras of Hollywood productions until she formed her own all-female orchestra in 1924 called Babe Egan's Hollywood Redheads. The group played in vaudeville along the West Coast and eventually went on tour in the Orpheum vaudeville circuit for many years. In 1933, they toured Europe with a 16 piece band, which included pianist Dorothy Sauter and saxophonist Geraldine Stanley. Egan retired in the 1940s. She is captivating in this photograph, sporting a crisp white suit jacket, formal tie, and conservative hairstyle that initially convey her poise. Although with her arms crossed and head tilted downward, she extends a piercing gaze through to the viewer that, when accompanied with her smirk, complete a mischievous and commanding look about her.