Isodora Duncan

On this day in 1927, San Francisco’s own Isadora Duncan died in Nice, France. Isadora’s childhood home was on Taylor across from the Bohemian Club downtown — she was and always will be remembered as one of San Francisco’s own. Considered by many to be the mother of Modern Dance, she never was very popular in the United States except when she came home to San Francisco.

Sadly, she was ultimately a fashion victim — literally. She was riding in a wire wheeled Bugatti car when the long, flowing silk scarf she wore got tangled in the rear wheel of the car. Her neck was snapped and her carotid artery severed. By some accounts, she was yanked from the car and dragged for 100 yeards before the driver figured out what happened. Her death caused Gertrude Stein to comment that “affectations can be dangerous”.

1 Comment so far

  1. cd (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 2:40 pm

    May parents used her as an example constantly every time I’d wear a long skirt and try to ride my bike. I kid you not. Not even that accurate an analogy, of course . . . .

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