Death of Margaret Kelly, mother of Bluebell girls

13th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 13 (AFP) - Margaret Kelly, Irish-born founder of the famous Paris dance troupe the Bluebell Girls, has died at the age of 94, her family said Monday.

PARIS, Sept 13 (AFP) - Margaret Kelly, Irish-born founder of the famous Paris dance troupe the Bluebell Girls, has died at the age of 94, her family said Monday.  

Born in Dublin, Kelly was the original Miss Bluebell. After World War II her company of long-legged and scantily-clad girls became a fixture at the Lido music-hall, where they still perform today.  

Orphaned at a young age, Kelly left Ireland for Europe where she worked in the 1930s as a dancer first in Germany and then in Paris. During World war II she was held at an internment camp in France, while her husband the Jewish pianist Marcel Leibovici was forced into hiding.  

Kelly took French citizenship in 1948.

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