Doris Hennegan, dancer

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Doris Hennegan (Baltimore Sun )
April 07, 2011

Doris Hennegan, a homemaker who danced in a 1932 Broadway revue and also appeared onstage in London, died March 18 of complications from a fall at her daughter's Dallas home. The former Ruxton resident was 102.

Born Doris Bannister in Stockport, England, she studied dance and joined a troupe, the Helen Jackson Girls. The group toured throughout Great Britain and appeared in musical comedies. In 1932, she sailed aboard the French Line's Champlain to New York and joined the company of "Earl Carroll's Vanities," an annual revue. She appeared at the Earl Carroll Theatre alongside comedian Milton Berle, among others in the cast.

When the production toured, it came to Baltimore, and she met her future husband, John Hennegan, an attorney and state tax official.

She returned to England and appeared in other musicals, including "Gay Divorce" at the Palace, "Ball at the Savoy" at Drury Lane and "The Sporting Life."

In 1937, she returned to Baltimore and married Mr. Hennegan, whose family owned and operated the old Thompson's Sea Girt House in Canton.

The coupled lived for many years on Murdock Road in Rodgers Forge and later in Ruxton.

Services were held March 25 in Baltimore.

Survivors include a son, John Hennegan of Huntington, N.Y.; a daughter, Pamela Moore of Dallas; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her daughter, Beverly Oremland, died this year. Her husband died in 1990.

Jacques Kelly

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