|DANCER, ENTERTAINER, PAINTER, NOVELIST, PLAYWRIGHT, TEACHER (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)|
BORN 18 Apr 1897, New York City, New York - DIED 25 Feb 1989, Tenafly, New Jersey: County Manor Nursing Home|
REAL NAME Enters, Anita
GRAVE LOCATION Valhalla, New York: Kensico Cemetery, 273 Lakeview Avenue (Section 176, Lot 275, Grave 2)
Anita Enters was educated at North Division High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1916 she saw Diaghilev’s Les Ballets Russes and in 1919 she moved to New York to study at the Art Students League of New York. She studied dance with Michio Ito and performed as his partner in 1923.
In 1921 she had met the journalist Louis Kantor and they started a relationship in 1924. Kantor changed his name to Kalonyme in 1924 and she changed her name to Angna and her birth year to 1907. She toured the US and Europe as a dancer with her solo program "The Theatre of Angna Enters" until 1939. She continued to perform until the 1960s. In 1936 she married Kalonyme secretly in Spain but they continued to live apart and only shortly before his death in 1961 he publicly recognised her as his wife.
As an artist she produced many drawings, etchings, watercolours and oil portraits. In 1946 and 1947 several plays by her hand were staged at the Houston Little Theatre. In 1956 her novel "Among the Daughters" was published. She worked as a teacher for many years at several locations. She gave her last public performance at the University of Pennsylvania where she was artist-in-residence in 1970-1971. From 1976 until 1989 she lived in nursing homes.