Bonnie Blackwood ~ The Broadway Dancer

Bonnie Blackwood

Bonnie Blackwood was a Broadway dancer who died young from cancer

She was born in Frederick, Oklahoma on May 24, 1907 (some sources say 1901). Her father, Maston Blackwood, died when she was a toddler and her mother remarried. After graduating from Frederick high school she attended the University of Oklahoma. Bonnie dropped out after a year to pursue a theatrical career. She went on tour with a production of No No Nanette. Then in 1926 she made her Broadway debut in the musical Oh Kay. Bonnie appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies and Earl Carroll's Vanities. In 1930 she had a role in the Broadway musical Fine and Dandy. The beautiful blonde was a chorus girl in the film Gold Diggers of 1933. She also worked as a stand-in for actress Tala Birell and performed on stage with boxer Max Baer. Bonnie married producer William T. Lackey on May 31, 1936. Soon after she decided to give up show business career. Sadly in 1946 she was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. On February 18, 1949 she died from the disease. She was only forty-one years old. Bonnie was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

Bonnie Blackwood & Max Baer