Isabelle Fambro

Isabelle Fambro

Isabelle "Eleanor Byrd" Fambro was born in 1917 in South Philadelphia and has been dancing since she was very young. When she was about 7, her father would take her to South Philadelphia bars; she remembers that she would dance, on top of the bar, for money. As a child, she also danced at amateur hours, nighclubs, and Elk's Clubs, At sixteen, she began performing professionally, as a solo act. At the suggestion of her manager at the Jolly Joyce agency, she teamed up with tap dancer Billy Byrd. Billed as the black Marge and Gower Champion, the duo toured as song and dance team Billy and Eleanor Byrd for eighteen years, sharing bills with such acts as Moke and Poke, Bill Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller and many others. Isabelle continued to perform in cabarets and shows locally, through the 1990s. She performed in the PFP's "Stepping in Time" production in 1994.