Happy 99th Birthday to Charita Alden, Hawaiian Hula Dancer
Today is the 99th birthday of Hawaiian hula dancer Charita Alden, professionally known only by the name 'Charita'. She was born Evelyn Thorstensen in Manila, Philippine Islands, on November 26, 1911 (unverified, but that's the date she gave on a passenger manifest when she arrived in Los Angeles in 1930).
I've been searching for more about her, including when and where she died, but haven't been successful. So at this point in my research, I'm exploring the other possibility - that she may still be living. Maybe someone who reads this blog will be able to share something more about Charita.
She's prominently seen in this clip from 1933's Laurel & Hardy feature "Sons of the Desert", dancing around Ty Parvis as he sings 'Honolulu Baby'.