PURDY, Verity Sweeny




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As a London-trained ballet dancer who performed in Hollywood, taught at a Seattle dance school and changed her name to Anna Verite, Verity Sweeny Purdy first described her girlhood dancing career in The Luckiest Girl in the World (Heritage House, 1998). Its sequel As Luck Would Have It (St. Catherines: Vanwell Publishing, 2003) recalls her days as a WW II soldier and 'hoofer' with the Invasion Review. As Private V. Sweeny she toured from 1943 to 1946 with the Canadian Army Show that included comedians Frank Shuster and Johnny Wayne, plus female impersonators called the Tin Hats. Born in Vancouver in 1922 and raised in the West End of the city, Purdy resided in Comox when her second book appeared.

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OTHER BOOKS:

Dancing on Air: My Life with Rai Purdy (2008 Twin Eagles)
ISBN: 978-1896238074

[BCBW 2016] "Dance" "War"

As Luck Would Have It (Vanwell $19.95)
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from BCBW Summer 2004
Comox senior Verity Sweeny Purdy is a London-trained ballet dancer who performed in Hollywood, taught at a Seattle dance school and once changed her name to Anna Verite. Having described her girlhood dancing career in The Luckiest Girl in the World (Heritage House 1998), she has recalled her days as a WW II soldier and ‘hoofer’ with the Invasion Review in As Luck Would Have It (Vanwell $19.95). As Private V. Sweeny she toured from 1943 to 1946 with the Canadian Army Show that included comedians Frank Shuster and Johnny Wayne, plus female impersonators called the Tin Hats. She was born in Vancouver in 1922 and grew up in the city’s West End.

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