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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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Going Hollywood

Going Hollywood

(p.403) 22 Going Hollywood
Ziegfeld and His Follies

Cynthia Brideson

Sara Brideson

University Press of Kentucky

After her husband’s death, Billie Burke reinvents herself in Hollywood. With the moral support of Will Rogers and the professional support of Sam Goldwyn, she becomes a sought-after character actress. Burke agrees to coproduce a new edition of the Follies with Ziegfeld’s former competitors, the Shuberts. The Follies of 1934 boasts former Ziegfeld star Fanny Brice as its primary attraction, as well as a number of up-and-coming talents, including Vincente Minnelli as scenic designer, Bob Hope, Eve Arden, and Buddy Ebsen. Several more Follies followed, the final one in 1957. The chapter includes updates on Ziegfeld’s favorite stars, Will Rogers and Marilyn Miller, and ends with a discussion of MGM’s preliminary plans to produce a biopic on Ziegfeld.

Keywords:   Sam Goldwyn, Billie Burke, Dinner at Eight, Fanny Brice, Vincente Minnelli, Will Rogers, Marilyn Miller

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