Been Rich All My Life

Been Rich All My Life

Been Rich All My Life

From the golden age of jazz come the Silver Belles – a venerable troupe of tap dancing ladies who started out in the 1930s, and re-formed in 1985!

The women, Marion Coles, Elaine Ellis, Cleo Hayes, Fay Ray and Bertye Lou Wood, first met as chorus girls in Harlem, strutting their stuff with the likes of Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington in The Cotton Club and Apollo theatre. As the big band era waned, so did the Harlem hoofers' star, and the women went their separate ways. They never got the limelight out of their system, however, and in 1985 the remaining girls regrouped, perhaps not as nimble as in their heyday, but gamely showing you're never too old for a soft shoe shuffle.

This life-affirming documentary, by Sundance Audience Award-winning filmmaker Heather Lyn MacDonald captures the women in action as recently as 2006 as they merrily disrupt any notions you have of old age.

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