Mrs. Ziegfeld: The Public and Private Lives of Billie Burke

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Mrs. Ziegfeld: The Public and Private Lives of Billie Burke

Format:  Hardcover,

235 pages

Publisher: McFarland & Company

Publish Date: Feb 2009

ISBN-13: 9780786438006

ISBN-10: 0786438002

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Broadway actress Billie Burke was one of the most sought after young stage beauties of her time, stealing the hearts of Enrico Caruso, Mark Twain, and, most importantly, famed Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfeld, who became her husband. Following Ziegfeld's death, the threats of financial ruin and encroaching age forced Burke to recreate herself as a Hollywood character actress.

This biography benefits from the cooperation of the daughter and grandchildren of Burke and Ziegfeld, as well as from anecdotes provided by actors who performed with Burke on the stage and screen. In addition to studying the character and significance of Burke's greatest screen role in Glinda the Good Witch of the North, this richly illustrated book also provides a complete history of Burke's stage, screen, and radio work.

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Publisher: McFarland & Company
Publish Date: Feb 2009
ISBN-13: 9780786438006
ISBN-10: 0786438002
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 235
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.1 x 0.8 x 10.0

Chapter outline

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Preface
Sawdust, Stardust
A shy, wistful sort of moppet
The Education of an Actress
Toast of Broadway
Halcyon Hour
There is only one Billie Burke...
Soubrette
Burkeley Crest
Mr. Ziegfeld
Mrs. Ziegfeld
Movie Star
...you love others so much, too...
The fine days
Flickering Star
A Beginning, and an End
Silly Woman
Crash
Death, Then Life
A small, bewildered comedienne...
The Great Ziegfeld
Good Witch
Oma
Final Curtain
Appendix: Billie Burke's Performance History
Chapter Notes
Bibliography
Index

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-05-15)

Coming on the heels of Ziegfeld: The Man Who Invented Show Business, this enjoyable biography of the woman who stood by her man through prosperity, infidelity, and financial disaster is an eye-opening look at the actress millions know only as Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz. Born to a circus clown father and a stage mother, Burke was a highly acclaimed star on Broadway long before her husband's excesses and the Great Depression forced her to turn to Hollywood to pay off Ziegfeld's debts and make a living.

Using primary documentation and recent interviews with those who knew Burke, including her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren, Hayter-Menzies (Charlotte Greenwood: The Life and Career of the Comic Star of Vaudeville, Radio and Film) allows us to see the real Billie Burke, "the straight-shooting, straight-talking woman of the world, the absolute opposite of the ditzy typecast" she so often played. The result is the story of a highly talented and courageous, though often insecure, woman who entertained millions during an unparalleled career. Highly recommended for theater, film, and biography collections.

-Laura A. Ewald, Greenville Coll. Lib., IL

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Broadway actress Billie Burke was one of the most sought after young stage beauties of her time, stealing the hearts of Enrico Caruso, Mark Twain, and, most importantly, famed Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfeld, who became her husband. Following Ziegfeld's death, the threats of financial ruin and encroaching age forced Burke to recreate herself as a Hollywood character actress.

This biography benefits from the cooperation of the daughter and grandchildren of Burke and Ziegfeld, as well as from anecdotes provided by actors who performed with Burke on the stage and screen. In addition to studying the character and significance of Burke's greatest screen role in Glinda the Good Witch of the North, this richly illustrated book also provides a complete history of Burke's stage, screen, and radio work.

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