Saturday, February 28, 2004
A 1957 Westport Memory: WN Reader Identifies Dancer
The March issue of Smithsonian Magazine includes a photo by photojournalist Esther Bubley for Women’s Day magazine showing a 1957 Westport surprise birthday party for a teenage girl. The photo was published with an article “Eight-thirty to Midnight, or Don’t be afraid to give a party!,” which offered advice on planning a party for a teenager. Other photos in the series can be seen here. WestportNow reader Linda Gramatky Smith identified one of the dancers. See comment below. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE). EstherBubley.com photo
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I absolutely know who is in this photograph of a teenager’s birthday party in 1957! The girl dancing is Karen deBergh, class of `61 at Staples. Her mother, Joanne deBergh Flomenhaft, was my inspiring ballet and modern dance teacher. Known professionally as Joanne deBergh, she lived and had her studio on the end of Ridge Drive (off Imperial) overlooking the Saugatuck River. When Mr. Flomenhaft died, Karen’s mother married Amos Dublin and moved up to Springfield, MA, and I’d read that she is again a widow. Karen was a fantastic, caring friend (I was in the class of 1960) and extremely talented in many areas. She married someone named Chris who is an actor, I believe, and at least one of her two younger sisters, Zivia and ?? Flomenhaft, became a professional dancer in NYC.
Give that woman a WestportNow mug!! Way to go, Linda!
This photo encouraged me to play detective and find my high school friend, Karen. I’ve learned this morning that it was Deborah/Debbie Flomenhaft who became a ballerina and it was Zivia Flomenhaft who was an actress. And now I’m going to send a link to this website to Karen!
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport