When Doris Eaton was 14, she changed her name and lied about her age to skirt child protective services and dance in the Ziegfeld Follies. Ninety-two years later, at age 106, she was still performing on Broadway. In between, she starred in silent films, taught John Wayne to rumba, had her own TV show and newspaper column, raced horses and raised turkeys.
In Century Girl, Lauren Redniss combines drawings, photo-collage, and oral history to depict the spectacular life of a star and survivor. The book is both a groundbreaking biography and a panorama of America in the 20th century.