Harry Pilcer was an American dancer and entertainer. The collection consists of papers and photographs pertaining to his life
and career, particularly the time he spent partnering with Gaby Deslys, the French dancer and actress.
Harry Pilcer was born in 1885 in New York and debuted on Broadway when he was 14 years old. He was an American dancer and
entertainer who spent a good deal of time in France. He was known through his partnership with Gaby Deslys, who was a well-known
French actress and dancer in the early 1900s. Together, they popularized a dance named after Deslys, called The Gaby Glide.
Pilcer's stage credits include
Vera Violetta (1911),
Stop! Look! Listen! (1915),
Laissez-Les Tomber (1917) and
Pins and Needles (1922). He also appeared in the films
Her Triumph (1915) and
Infatuation (1918). After Deslys's death in 1920, Pilcer partnered with the French dancer Mistinguett for ten years. In 1930, he began
working as master of ceremonies and entertainer at French casinos owned by Francois Andre and remained a popular entertainer
in France throughout the 1930s. He was a choreographer for and appeared in the film
The Razor's Edge (1946). Pilcer continued to work as an entertainer until his death in 1961.
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