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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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Entrances and Exits

Entrances and Exits

(p.96) 5 Entrances and Exits
Ziegfeld and His Follies

Cynthia Brideson

Sara Brideson

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses Ziegfeld’s ongoing betrayal of Held and his waning interest in her career as his Follies gain momentum. It provides a detailed look at the content of the 1909, 1910, and 1911 Follies and introduces Irving Berlin, Fanny Brice, and Bert Williams. Ziegfeld is open to employing entertainers of all races and creeds (Brice and Eddie Cantor are Jewish, Williams is black). The narrative returns to the ongoing saga of the Lorraine-Held-Ziegfeld triangle, and the chapter concludes with Held leaving for Paris after discovering that Lorraine is living in the same hotel, just one floor above her and Ziegfeld. Held’s exit ends her union with Ziegfeld. Professionally, he moves away from European-inspired musicals and into productions that are uniquely American in format and content—namely, Over the River, a show he coproduces with Charles Dillingham that utilizes strictly American styles of music and dance.

Keywords:   Fanny Brice, Bert Williams, Irving Berlin, Charles Dillingham

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