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One of the greatest dancers of the 20th century, Dorothy Toy was half of the pioneering Asian American dance couple Toy and Wing.
One of the greatest dancers of the 20th century, Dorothy Toy was half of the pioneering Asian American dance couple Toy and Wing.
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99 year old Dorothy Toy Fong is a living dance legend. She began as a child after a vaudeville theater manager noticed her dancing in front of her parent's restaurant. During the 1930's, 40's and 50's, she teamed up with Paul Wing and would eventually become the most famous Asian American dance duo in this country's history. Known for dancing on her toes, she developed a unique, athletic style of performing. Toy and Wing were pioneers, performing on Broadway and in Hollywood films. They were also the first Asian Americans to dance at the London Palladium. 

Dorothy, whose real last name is Takahashi,  continued to perform during World War Two, although her parents and relatives were all sent to an internment camp in Topaz, Utah.

From the 1960's to the mid 70's, Dorothy managed and performed with her Oriental Playgirl Revue, which traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America and Asia.

She also ran a dance studio in the basement of her Oakland home, where she taught hundreds of children how to dance.

Now as she approaches the century mark, this amazing woman deserves to have a documentary made about her incredible life. I hope to complete this in time so she can enjoy it. You can help make this happen. ANY amount is is welcome but if you make a pledge for $150, you will receive an autographed photo from Dorothy. Thank you!

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The challenges I face are being able to tell this woman's story fairly and accurately with limited resources (time and money). This is a labor of love, but funds are needed to tell the story properly. Because of Dorothy's advanced age some of her memories are starting to fade.

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    Thanks from Dorothy and Me.

    A heartfelt thanks from Rick

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    Oriental Playgirl Revue Christmas card

    Authentic 1960's Christmas card sent out by Dorothy Toy and her Oriental Playgirl Revue.

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    Autographed Photo

    A personally autographed publicity photo from Dorothy Toy.

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