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Ziegfeld and His FolliesA Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer$
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Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813160887

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813160887.001.0001

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A New Normalcy

A New Normalcy

(p.232) 13 A New Normalcy
Ziegfeld and His Follies

Cynthia Brideson

Sara Brideson

University Press of Kentucky

As the chapter begins, Ziegfeld is struggling to get his new musical off the ground. He funds the entire production himself and hires Jerome Kern, P. G. Wodehouse, and Guy Bolton to write the play. Sally is different from Cinderella musicals of the past; it has a distinctly modern feel, for in the end, Sally finds not only love and wealth but also a successful career. Sally is a monumental success. The seemingly unstoppable team of Marilyn Miller and Ziegfeld is threatened when she meets Jack Pickford, former husband of Olive Thomas. To Ziegfeld’s dismay, Pickford and Miller become involved romantically. He encounters more woman troubles when Lillian Lorraine has an accident and severely injures her spine; Ziegfeld secretly pays her bills. The chapter includes a brief description of the Follies of 1920 and 1921 and explains how the lucrative Midnight Frolic was forced to close due to Prohibition. The chapter concludes with rare correspondence between Ziegfeld and his parents and between Burke and Ziegfeld during his time alone in Palm Beach. Despite the enormous success of Sally, Ziegfeld still feels insecure about his finances, his place on Broadway, and his marriage to Burke.

Keywords:   Sally, Jerome Kern, P. G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Victor Herbert, Abe Erlanger, Jack Pickford, Marilyn Miller, Leon Errol, Prohibition, Palm Beach

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