GEORGES AND JALNA

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WHO ARE THEY?
After watching BORN TO DANCE, I was intrigued by the dancing duo Georges and Jalna who,in a night club setting, with Virginia Bruce and James Stewart looking on, performed Cole Porter’s “I’ve got you Under my Skin” beautifully .
I’ve tried in vain to find out anything about this duo.Not even IMDB could help. Did they appear in any other films?

 

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30 responses »

  1. Very interesting, Vienna! I’ve just done a bit of googling too and haven’t come up with much either – the BFI has a filmography for them which is just one line, only listing this performance. So looks as if they mainly worked on stage – but surely there must be some information about them somewhere. There are quite a few talented people who turn up in musicals for one or two great numbers, but still seem to be unknowns.

  2. George and Jalna Toregas (Georges & Jalna) performed for many years at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC with Xavier Cugat’s orchestra. Jalna is alive and well today at the age of 103.

  3. Jalna and Georges are my grandparents. I believe my grandfather Georges was only in this one movie. He danced mainly on stage. However, my grand mother, Jalna has been dancing since a small child. At fifteen she graduated high school and went to California. She was in movies as a dancer. She has such great stories of stage and movie performances. She has lived a wonderful life. She is 102 years young and will turn 102 in August. my grandparents are the most amazing people.

  4. Sara Limon is my daughter…You can reach her through me – Georges and Jalna are my parents…they were vacationing in Calif. when they got a call from the director of “Born to Dance”, asking them to dance to a song that was going to be pushed for the Academy Award…the song was “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, still popular today…I have many stories about them, if anyone is interested…

  5. Thank you so much for getting in touch.I would love to hear more about your parents. And the movies and stage shows your mother was in.

  6. Hello! My name is Emily. I am Jalna and Georges great-granddaughter. I never met Georges, as he passed away before I was born, but I’ve had many great experiences with Jalna. We call her Mal. She turned 103 last August, and recently just passed away; a true miracle. A stunning woman, with an even more stunning history.

  7. Jalna Toregas passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Ironically, one day short of my father’s birthday, March 22. He passed away in 1977. I will leave my e-mail address at this site. Don’t know how it might be offered to anyone that might be interested in stories that include Mickey Rooney, Ozzie & Harriet, Xavier and Carmen Cugat, Frank Nitty, Leo Carrillo & Duncan Renaldo (Cisco Kid & Pancho) and many more.

    I see that e-mail addresses are never made public. I will post some of the stories when I have a spare moment.

    • HI George, I am Gail Wolf Copeland. Thomas J. Wolf & my GGrandfather, George W. Wolf were brothers. I would love to get any stories you have on your parents. I have tried off and on over the years to find something about them on the internet without any luck – only that they dance at Born to Dance. Today I found your mothers obit. I am sorry to hear about her passing. My mother passed last June. She was 92. Then I found this website and the messages that were left. Please contact me at gcopeland@q.com or my address is 420 Coffman Rd, Whitewater, Co 81527. I would love to hear from you. I think we would be third cousins if I did my calculating right. Gail

  8. For the Toregas Family,

    Today I was watching “Born to Dance (1936)” when George and Jalna did their spotlight dance number. I went to Google them and came upon this website. George and Jalna Toregas are now immortalized in film and is a terrific tribute to a very talented and lovely couple. I’m sure they had a millions stories of their personal behind the scenes experiences in the Golden Age of entertainment industry. I would hope that their lives are written about to further cement their place among the stars. I celebrate their lives and the very best of wishes to all of their descendants.

  9. I just saw “Born to Dance” today (9/11/2015), and was especially struck by the beauty of Georges and Jalna’s movement. Perfect emotionally, the harmony of their movement, the set and music combined to make a magnificent moment of movie dance. I am so happy to have found this site and learn a little about them. A few years ago, I enjoyed seeing a compilation of movie dance, followed by a Q&A with significant movie dancers and choreographers in Hollywood at a SAG event (I believe it was). It would seem to me that SAG would be especially interested in Georges and Jalna’s stories.

  10. It would be wonderful if one of their descendants, George or Sara, or others would post the obit as source material and add some stories and biographical information to Wikipedia. Then it might get more widely distributed. I’m sure many, many people watch this movie and this is the burning question at its conclusion, ” who were Georges and Jalna”?

  11. Georges and Jalna were one of a kind…There will never be another…Their performance in the movie “born to Dance” was so magnificent that words could never describe the perfection they projected…..and no one in Hollywood then or now could duplicate that beautiful elegance every again…..God bless them…

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