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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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The End of the Glory Days

The End of the Glory Days

(p.252) 14 The End of the Glory Days
Ziegfeld and His Follies

Cynthia Brideson

Sara Brideson

University Press of Kentucky

Beginning with the 1922 edition, the Follies reach the end of their glory days. Ziegfeld needs to find a new way to entertain audiences. As he struggles to come up with another hit, he is devastated to learn that Marilyn Miller plans to marry Jack Pickford. Ziegfeld’s objection to their marriage spurs Miller to claim that he made advances to her and is planning to divorce Billie Burke. Ziegfeld and Burke’s precarious marriage remains intact, despite the scandal. Ziegfeld finds Burke a play that he hopes will heal their relationship, but Rose Briar is not a hit. The latter part of the chapter contains previously unpublished correspondence between Burke and Ziegfeld. Although they are still together, it seems that Burke is more invested in the marriage than Ziegfeld is. The chapter ends on a note of uncertainty for Ziegfeld: he has not produced a hit since Sally and fears he is not adapting well to the preferences of 1920s theatergoers.

Keywords:   Sally, Marilyn Miller, Jack Pickford, Rose Briar, Booth Tarkington

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