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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 Past Becomes Ashes

The Past Becomes Ashes

Chapter:
(p.169) 9 The Past Becomes Ashes
Source:
Ziegfeld and His Follies
Author(s):

Cynthia Brideson

Sara Brideson

Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813160887.003.0009

This chapter discusses world events and developments in the theater that directly affect Ziegfeld’s life and work. The sinking of the Lusitania and America’s impending entrance into World War I lead to a wave of patriotism on Broadway. The 1916 Follies cleverly blends American music with spoofs of the army. Fanny Brice continues to be a hit with audiences, as does newcomer Eddie Cantor. The chapter includes a description of how Ziegfeld runs his office, with his clerical methods reflecting little of the perfection he demands from his shows. His fear of death, blood, and hospitals is also discussed as the chapter tells of his daughter Patricia’s birth and Anna Held’s death. He is absent for both events. The chapter also comments on Held’s legacy and the impact she had on Ziegfeld’s life and career. Ziegfeld tries to be a more devoted husband and father, and at Burke’s urging, he endeavors to make the Follies more appealing to families.

Keywords:   Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice, ragtime, World War I, Patricia Ziegfeld, Irving Berlin, Anna Held

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