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Flo Ziegfeld-Billie Burke papers

Title
Flo Ziegfeld-Billie Burke papers, 1907-1984.
Author
Burke, Billie, 1885-1970.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 4Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 5Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 5Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 6Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 6Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 7Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 7Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 8Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 8Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 9Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 9Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 10Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 10Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 11Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 11Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 12Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 12Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 13Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 13Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 14Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 14Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 15Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 15Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 16Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 16Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 17Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 17Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 18Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable*T-Mss 1987-010 Box 18Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Additional Authors
Ziegfeld, Flo, 1869-1932.
Description
8.25 lf. (17 boxes + 1 oversized envelope and 1 slipcased albumn)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Radio scripts.
  • Scripts.
  • Clippings.
  • Photographs.
  • Business records.
Note
  • Incorporates materials previously cataloged as 8-MWEZ + n.c. 23701-23708.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Biography (note)
  • Florenz "Flo" Ziegfeld was a theatrical impressario who perfected a form of the musical comedy revue, the Follies, regarded as the pinnacle of the field, while he himself became a legendary figure, making and losing several fortunes, and marrying two of his biggest stars, Anna Held and Billie Burke.
Processing Action (note)
  • Processed
Call Number
*T-Mss 1987-010
Author
Burke, Billie, 1885-1970.
Title
Flo Ziegfeld-Billie Burke papers, 1907-1984.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The Flo Ziegfeld-Billie Burke papers span 1907-1984, and consist of stage, radio, and film scripts, and a relatively small amount of clippings, photographs, and business papers. The emphasis in the collection is on Burke, covering her career from the time she first went on the stage in the early years of the twentieth century until her retirement, only superficially covering that portion of Ziegfeld's life and career after he and Burke were married in 1914 until his death in 1932. Although there are scripts and clippings included that represent Ziegfeld productions, most of them concern Burke's career as a stage actress and, later, as a radio and film actress. The business papers are especially noteworthy in that several contracts between Ziegfeld and producers such as A.L. Erlanger are included, in addition to financial records of some of the Ziegfeld productions. Burke's career in radio is well documented with a number of scripts covering her guest appearances on shows starring Eddie Cantor, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Rudy Vallee, and others. There are three drafts of the screenplay for MGM's 1936 film biography THE GREAT ZIEGFELD, in which Burke was portrayed by Myrna Loy. There are also photographs of Burke, and other performers associated with Ziegfeld, including Fanny Brice, Leon Errol, and various show girls.
Biography
Florenz "Flo" Ziegfeld was a theatrical impressario who perfected a form of the musical comedy revue, the Follies, regarded as the pinnacle of the field, while he himself became a legendary figure, making and losing several fortunes, and marrying two of his biggest stars, Anna Held and Billie Burke. Born in Chicago in 1869, son of a classical musician and a music teacher, "Flo" Ziegfeld chose a career in popular entertainment, first as a booker of vaudeville acts and later as a producer of plays designed mainly to showcase the talents of his first wife Anna Held. He found his niche as producer of the Follies, beginning in 1907 and offering new editions annually or semi-annually until 1931. Although the Follies was best known for its lavish sets and beautiful women, Ziegfeld was adept at discovering and developing comic talent, and presented such top comedians as Fanny Brice, Bert Williams, Will Rogers, W. C. Fields, Eddie Cantor, and many others.
Ziegfeld's second wife, Billie Burke, was born into a theatrical family in Washington, D.C., in 1885, and made her stage debut at 18. Soon a star, Billie Burke alternated between the stage and films, and married Florenz Ziegfeld in 1914. She retired from acting in 1921 to raise their daughter Patricia, but resumed work after her husband was wiped out in the 1929 stock market crash, appearing in such films as DINNER AT EIGHT (1933), TOPPER (1937), and THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939), as Glinda. Billie Burke died in 1970 at the age of 85.
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Ziegfeld, Flo, 1869-1932.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1987-010
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