Typewriter Marks. Cosmopolitan, September 1950
Dorothy Jarnac, owner of one of Broadway's most original acts, disowns any glamorous theory as to how she go that way,. Miss Jarnac started out as an exponent of the classical ballet, but her sense of humor got the upper hand. One afternoon when two friends - a singer and a pianist - were trying a number, she horned in by dancing out the lyrics for her own amusement. That impulsive act started Dorothy a new career. She developed the dancing of lyrics to such a point that she became a popular attraction at supper clubs. Next she began to delve into such unlikely dance subjects as telegrams and paintings, which she so deftly exhibits in the Broadway hit, "Tickets, Please!" Punctuation, as you can see has not escaped her.
After seeing this photo spread, I wanted to learn more about this interpretive dancer, but there's not too much information I could find. I do know that she was born in Sacramento, California and made her way to New York in the mid-'40s which is when she started to appear in dance numbers on Broadway. Her interpretive dance style was quite unique, as it matched a lot of what was starting to happen in the art world at the time. She also appeared in a number of films during the '40s and '50s as a dancer, and would also appear on television shows including Calvacade of Stars, The General Electric Guest House, The Colgate Comedy Hour, and What's My Line. Doing a bit of digging online, I was able to find one in a series of commercials she performed for Stopette deodorant, which illustrates her signature style.