Details on MZ
An old friend of Marguerite's sent recollections of his friend:
Hi - Marguerite was adopted about when she was 3 years old. Her firist name was Peggy Ann Workman, from Ohio. The Zalud's raised her...I don't know anything about childhood events other than she swallowed a vial of mercury by accident either before or after she was adopted...but about when she was 14-15 she started dancing in and aorund Cleveland at clubs. She had a woman's figure early and dancing was her outlet for whatever her issues were. She never smiled much during the time I knew her (1966-1969). There was not much joy, she was serious...about dancing. I met her in NYC at an audition for dancers for a song and dance review...I was in a band that would back up the show...at the Playboy Club. NYC. She really out shined all the prospective dancers and became one of 4 or 5 dancers in the show for 7 months. I have a few color photos of the dancers...it was not risqué in any way....very tame in a Las Vegas-style review of singers and dancers. M. knew a lot of strange characters in Manhattan and.lived at the Great Northern Hotel on 57th St. We hung out sometimes during the 7 months. I really liked her, but she was a hard person and not close. Beautiful legs and body. One night we went to the Village to see a new act...barfing on stage and tearing dolls apart on stage...the Mothers of Invention before anyone knew who Frank Zappa was. We all shared the same "dressing room" for 6 levels of entertainment at the Playboy Club. I have a photo of M. on the pay phone there. After the act broke up, she eventually went back to CA....1967. We corresponded a bit and in 1968 I bought her a ticket to fly to Boston where I was. She visited various dance venues and said everyone liked her style...in BOS. She was thinner and likely sick. We stayed together for a couple of weeks and she went back to NYC to visit some close friends. I have their names somewhere. Then she called from Cleveland...she was sick...That was the last I heard from her.
I may remember something else...will keep you posted, but I'm sure she is not with us anymore. It is quite sad, but I am so thankful I got to know her.
I don't need any credit or publicity...just glad that others still remember.