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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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Taming an Incorrigible Bounder

Taming an Incorrigible Bounder

(p.139) 7 Taming an Incorrigible Bounder
Ziegfeld and His Follies

Cynthia Brideson

Sara Brideson

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter covers Ziegfeld’s courtship of Burke and her initially ambivalent feelings about him. Their relationship brings out the showman in Ziegfeld, as he tries to prove his devotion through grand gestures. Burke and Ziegfeld share an inclination to overspend, and Burke buys her own estate, Burkeley Crest. Correspondence between Burke and Ziegfeld reveals a vulnerable and desperate side that Ziegfeld rarely showed to women. Ziegfeld and Burke ultimately elope, and the chapter details their first months together. Burke, who is more domestic than Ziegfeld, hopes to make Burkeley Crest their primary residence rather than Ziegfeld’s New York hotel suite. Most of their early days as a married couple are spent apart, due to their respective careers. Burke accepts roles in films, while Ziegfeld remains entrenched in the Follies. Ziegfeld is not done with his philandering ways, however, despite his love for Burke.

Keywords:   Billie Burke, Burkeley Crest, Charles Frohman

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