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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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Buzz’s Babes

Buzz’s Babes

(p.164) 8 Buzz’s Babes

Jeffrey Spivak

University Press of Kentucky

Buzz made the move to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) with none of the grief he had suffered from Sam Goldwyn under similar circumstances. The Wizard of Oz notwithstanding, Buzz's first true test at MGM was Broadway Serenade. Soon after Broadway Serenade wrapped, Buzz got his first assignment: a job directing two of the biggest movie stars in the world, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. The studio screening of Babes in Arms went well, and Louis B. Mayer was pleased. Meanwhile Gertrude liked Claire James. Busby Berkeley, then forty-six years old, married Claire James, then twenty-two years old, in Las Vegas on March 29, 1942. Whatever was said or written about Buzz, it is to his credit that he never, on the record, spoke deprecatingly about anyone. The news got worse for Buzz. Despite the numerous comments on the record about his marital tranquility, Claire James-Berkeley instructed her lawyer to file divorce papers just weeks after Buzz's dismissal from Girl Crazy.

Keywords:   MGM, Broadway Serenade, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Louis Mayer, Babes in Arms, Girl Crazy

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