Zelma O'Neal (Zelma Schrader)

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Rock Falls, Illinois, USA
Zelma O'Neal was a singer, dancer and comedienne whose greatest successes came on Broadway. She appeared in the New York and London companies of Good News (1927) in which she originated the Varsity Drag in the role of Flo. She starred in the musical comedy Follow Through (1929) on Broadway, originating the song "Button Up Your Overcoat", and appeared in the film version Follow Thru (1930). Other film credits include Give Her a Ring (1934), Freedom of the Seas (1934) and Mister Cinders (1934). Noted for her off-beat singing style, she is thought to have performed at an early Oscar Ceremony. Read more...


Character: Gym Sweetheart

Paramount on Parade 1930

Character: Pansy Bruno

Peach-O-Reno 1931

Character: Jill Kemp

Mister Cinders 1934