Gilda Gray
Date of Birth
Oct 24, 1901
Birth Place:
Krakow, Poland


One of the icons of the flapper era, Polish born Gilda Gray (born Marianna Winchalska) invented her trademark "shimmy," she later said, out of sheer nervousness during a bar-room performance of the "Star-Spangled Banner." Exploited mercilessly by tough impresario/nightclub owner Gaillard "Gil" Boag, who was to become her second husband, Gray reached top stardom with the Shubert Gaieties of 1919...