Flo Lane ~ The Heartbroken Blonde

Flo Lane

Flo Lane was a Ziegfeld Follies dancer whose heartbreaking marriage led her to commit suicide.

She was born Florida Lalanne in New York City in 1907.  Her father, Charles Lalanne, was a New York corporation lawyer. Flo was educated at the Villa Maria Academy. The stunning blonde made her Broadway debut in in the show Topics Of 1923. The following year she started dancing in the Ziegfeld Follies. She became close friends with her Follies costar Hilda Ferguson. Then she fell in love with Morris Roderick Volck, the son of a Brazilian diplomat. He was handsome, wealthy, and had three ex-wives. Flo married him in August of 1926, just one month after they met. She told reporters "I am so happy, so much in love." Their daughter Isabel was born in 1928.

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  Sadly in 1929 Morris left her for seventeen year old Lyle Van Auken. Flo was devastated and fell into a deep depression. She moved in with her parents in Manhattan and her health began to fail, Tragically on December 10, 1930 she committed suicide by throwing herself out a sixth floor window. She died shortly before the ambulance arrived. Flo was only twenty-three years old. Her father said that she had been sick for a long time and accidentally fell out the window. She was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Queens, New York. In 1934 Lyle Van Auken, Morris Volck's fourth wife also committed suicide.

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                                                                               The building where she died

Flo appeared in:
Ziegfeld Follies of 1924 (Jun 24, 1924 - Mar 07, 1925)