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Gross, Dorothy Bercu, 1917-2015


Naomi Dorothea (Dorothy) Bercu was born June 14, 1917 in Douglas, Wyoming. Her father George Bercu owned the Chicago Hide, Fur and Wool Company in Douglas and in Denver. He married Olive Mistachkin and the couple became parents of Dorothy (1917-2015), Harryette (1918), Robert (1919), Bernard (1921), and Berverly (1935). From 1925-1928, Dorothy and Harryette danced on the Orpheum Vaudeville circuit around the west. They were later joined by Bob and Bernard and the whole troupe performed from New York City to Juarez, Mexico. The sisters also danced from 1936 to 1939. Dorothy attended the University of Utah in Ogden, Utah beginning in 1930 at the age of sixteen. She started a theatrical booking agency in Salt Lake City and taught dancing. Dorothy married Norman Gross in 1941 after he had signed up for her dance class. They raised three children, Valerie (Schreiber), Gary, and Dennis in Dallas, Texas. She also taught fitness classes. She died in Dallas in 2015.

Found in 38 Collections and/or Records:

Postcards, between 1928-1934

Identifier: B356.01.0003.0011.00001
Abstract Dorothy Bercu is shown on postcards in a classical modern dance costume, barefoot, and is doing splits. Dorothy and her sister Harryette were vaudeville performers in the 1920s and 1930s.
Dates: between 1928-1934

Russell Horwitz, 1967-2011

Identifier: b356.05.0026.0024
Scope and Contents Contains birth announcement for Russell Howard Horwitz on December 25, 1967; Letters from Russell Horwitz to his grandparents, Norman and Dorothy Gross; and 2011 "Academic Psychiatry" article written by Russell Horwitz, M.D., Ph.D. The article is titled "Rising from the Rubble: Perspectives of an American Expatriate in Haiti."
Dates: 1967-2011

Scrapbook, 1917-1937

Identifier: B356.02.0005.0005
Abstract The scrapbook has newspaper articles and advertisements on the Chicago Hide, Fur, and Wool House, including advertisements for fur trapper jobs; Liberty Bonds, Safe Invenstment and Reliance Oil Companies; and articles about George D. Bercu. George Bercu founded the Chicago Hide, Fur, and Wool House in Douglas, Wyoming.
Dates: 1917-1937

Spanish Jota Dance, 1935

Identifier: B356.01.0003.0006.00001
Abstract Studio photograph of Dorothy Bercu in a Spanish dance costume posing with head bent backward. Dorothy Bercu Gross was a vaudeville performer in the 1920s and 1930s.
Dates: 1935

Vacation Souvenirs, 1969-1995

Identifier: B356.04.0024.0003
Scope and Contents Menus, souvenir maps, Moscow hotel reservation, and Northwest Orient Texas Medical Association.
Dates: 1969-1995

Valerie Gross Wedding, 1961 December 31

Identifier: B356.05.0026.0012
Scope and Contents Wedding invitation for the marriage of Valerie Lynn Gross to Julian Victor Horwitz December 31, 1961 and a photograph of Valerie Horwitz in her wedding gown.
Dates: 1961 December 31

Vaudeville Program of the Day, 1928

Identifier: B356.01.0003.0015.00001
Abstract Newspaper "Program of the Day" for Vaudeville show that included "Bercu Sisters, World Famous Dancers and Contortionists." On the back of the page is an 1928 add for the Marmon car.
Dates: 1928

Visit to Austin, 1995

Identifier: B356.05.0026.0027
Scope and Contents Photographs of a girl and awards in Dorothy Gross home in Austin, Texas.
Dates: 1995