Mrs. Ziegfeld: The Public and Private Lives of Billie Burke

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-03-08
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Pub
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Coming on the heels of Ziegfeld: The Man Who Invented Show Business, this enjoyable biography of the woman who stood by her man through prosperity, infidelity, and financial disaster is an eye-opening look at the actress millions know only as Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz. Born to a circus clown father and a stage mother, Burke was a highly acclaimed star on Broadway long before her husband's excesses and the Great Depression forced her to turn to Hollywood to pay off Ziegfeld's debts and make a living. Using primary documentation and recent interviews with those who knew Burke, including her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren, Hayter-Menzies (Charlotte Greenwood: The Life and Career of the Comic Star of Vaudeville, Radio and Film) allows us to see the real Billie Burke, "the straight-shooting, straight-talking woman of the world, the absolute opposite of the ditzy typecast" she so often played. The result is the story of a highly talented and courageous, though often insecure, woman who entertained millions during an unparalleled career. Highly recommended for theater, film, and biography collections.Laura A. Ewald, Greenville Coll. Lib., IL Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Author Biography

Biographer Grant Hayter-Menzies lives in Sidney, British Columbia. His works include biographies of Charlotte Greenwood and Princess Der Ling.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. 1
Prefacep. 3
Sawdust, Stardust
"A shy, wistful sort of moppet"p. 9
The Education of an Actressp. 16
Toast of Broadwayp. 28
Halcyon Hourp. 33
"There is only one Billie Burke..."p. 40
Soubrettep. 47
Burkeley Crestp. 54
Mr. Ziegfeldp. 61
Mrs. Ziegfeldp. 73
Movie Starp. 79
"...you love others so much, too..."p. 89
"The fine days"p. 94
Flickering Starp. 101
A Beginning, and an Endp. 112
Silly Woman
Crashp. 123
Death, Then Lifep. 135
"A small, bewildered comedienne..."p. 142
The Great Ziegfeldp. 156
Good Witchp. 167
"Oma"p. 179
Final Curtainp. 194
Appendix: Billie Burke's Performance Historyp. 207
Chapter Notesp. 217
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 229
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