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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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Vacations from Reality

Vacations from Reality

(p.287) 16 Vacations from Reality
Ziegfeld and His Follies

Cynthia Brideson

Sara Brideson

University Press of Kentucky

Ziegfeld escapes to his Canadian getaway, showing that he is an outdoorsman at heart. While vacationing at his camp, Ziegfeld displays another side to his personality that is much warmer and more jovial than his cool, professional persona. The camp is also where Ziegfeld and his tomboy daughter bond. Once he is back in New York, Ziegfeld must face some unpleasant realties. He produces three flops: The Comic Supplement, Louie the 14th, and a new edition of the Follies. Ziegfeld feels even more antiquated when his competitor Charles Dillingham produces a smash hit with Marilyn Miller called Sunny. In an attempt to keep his career afloat, Ziegfeld retreats to Palm Beach more often. He makes a deal with William Randolph Hearst to build a theater bearing the Ziegfeld name. Included in the chapter is previously unpublished correspondence between Burke and Ziegfeld covering Ziegfeld’s neglect and his possible philandering with women at Palm Beach. Also included are some of Patricia’s letters to Ziegfeld, which are touching displays of a little girl’s adoration for her imperfect father. The chapter concludes with Ziegfeld planning to produce shows in Palm Beach because of his bitterness toward the harsh New York critics.

Keywords:   Palm Beach, Camp Patricia, Leon Errol, Dr. Jerome Wagner, Sunny, William Randolph Hearst, W. C. Fields

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