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BuzzThe Life and Art of Busby Berkeley$
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Jeffrey Spivak

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126432

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126432.001.0001

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The Stage Debacle

The Stage Debacle

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(p.211) 10 The Stage Debacle
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Buzz
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Jeffrey Spivak

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813126432.003.0011

Buzz wrapped up Cinderella Jones in May 1944. “Star Spangled Banner Girls” never materialized, and the more promising bio of Marilyn Miller was mired in legalities. On June 2, Gertrude was rushed to hospital after hitting her head in the unyielding front seat of the car after the maid slammed on the breaks to avoid hitting a car. The pressures were beginning to mount. No work meant no income in the face of Gertrude's mounting medical bills. Buzz carried the weight of jumbo mortgages, property taxes, and alimony. After a week, Buzz received a telegram from Jack Warner that stated his contract with the studio had been terminated. His next show Glad to See You was also cursed from the beginning. During his extended unemployment, Buzz remained at Gertrude's side for the duration of her illness, which lingered well into the following year.

Keywords:   Cinderella Jones, Gertrude Berkeley, terminal cancer, Jack Warner, Glad to See You

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