Here is a cast photo from the 1920's musical NO NO NANETTE where Ellen played a busty, leggy gold-digger with a tight leopard skin jumpsuit and a blonde wig. The voice was very squeaky and the movements were very Jayne Mansfield/Marilyn Monroe...yes one of Ellen's first major roles was as a blonde!
The reviewers and audience thought she was this character. They never recognized her when she came off the stage because she transformed herself into another character and era so well.
Ellen is the gal in the back with the leopard print outfit. Again, played to rave reviews!

Row 2

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