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First Name
Billie

Last Name
Ziegfeld

Height
63

Build
Slim

Hair Color
Blonde

Birthplace
Washington, District of Columbia USA

Zodiac Sign
Leo

Died
1970-05-14

Place of Death
Los Angeles, California USA

Cause of Death
Natural Causes

Ethnicity
White

Claim to Fame
Glinda the Good Witch of The Wizard of Oz

Eye Color
Blue

Nationality
American

Gender
Female

Film Role
Actor/Actress, Soundtrack

Has Detailed Data (New)
1

Full Name at Birth
Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke

Bust (inches)
36

Waist (inches)
29

Hips (inches)
37

Friend
Carole Landis

Birthday
1884-08-07

Family Member
Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson (Daughter)

Friend
Judy Garland, Ray Bolger

Film Role
Writer

Age
85

Wikipedia Text

Mary William Ethelbert Appleton "Billie" Burke (August 7, 1884 – May 14, 1970) was an American actress, famous on Broadway and in early silent film, but is primarily known to modern audiences as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the movie musical The Wizard of Oz. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1938 for her performance as Emily Kilbourne in Merrily We Live and is also remembered for her appearances in the Topper series. Billie Burke was the wife of Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., of Ziegfeld Follies fame, from 1914 until his death in 1932. Her voice was unique in intonation, which she accentuated in her later character roles as dim-witted, spoiled society types.


Middle Name
William Ethelbert Appleton

Occupation Text
Actress | Soundtrack

Dating Preference
White Guys

Maiden Name
Burke

Year(s) Active
1903-1960, 1903–1960

Wiki Bio Text
==Billie Burke== Actress - ===Born=== 7th August 1885 - Washington DC (USA). ===Died=== 14th May 1970 - Los Angeles (USA). ===Real Name=== Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke. ===Daughter of=== internationally famous Circus clown, William (Billy) Burke. ===Married=== Florenz Ziegfeld. ==Billie Burke== Producer, Performer - ===Source=== Billie Burke as published in Theatre World, volume 3: 1946-1947. - Billie Burke as published in Theatre World, volume 6: 1949-1950. Billie Burke (courtesy of Charles Pascoe) ===Born=== 7 Aug 1884 Washington, District of Columbia USA ===Died=== 14 May 1970 Los Angeles, California USA ==Also known as== Billie Burke Ziegfeld, Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke [Birthname], Mrs. Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. ===Relations:=== Wife of Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. (1913 - 1932) his death ===Was Glinda the Good Witch in the MGM Movie, "The Wizard of Oz."=== https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/billie-burke-21328 ==Mary William Ethelbert Appleton "Billie" Burke== (August 7, 1884 – May 14, 1970) was an American actress, famous on Broadway and in early silent film, but is primarily known to modern audiences as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the movie musical The Wizard of Oz. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1938 for her performance as Emily Kilbourne in Merrily We Live and is also remembered for her appearances in the Topper series. Billie Burke was the wife of Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., of Ziegfeld Follies fame, from 1914 until his death in 1932. Her voice was unique in intonation, which she accentuated in her later character roles as dim-witted, spoiled society types. http://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Billie_Burke ==Billie Burke== (1884–1970) Actress | Soundtrack - ====Date of Birth==== 7 August 1884, Washington, District of Columbia, USA ====Date of Death==== 14 May 1970, Los Angeles, California, USA (natural causes) ====Birth Name==== Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke ====Height==== 5' 3" (1.6 m) ===Mini Bio (2)=== ====Billie Burke was born==== Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was a circus clown, and as a child she toured the United States and Europe with the circus (before motion pictures and after the stage, circuses were the biggest form of entertainment in the world). One could say that Billie was bred for show business. Her family ultimately settled in London, where she was fortunate to see plays in the city's historic West End, and decided she wanted to be a stage actress. At age 18, she made her stage debut and her career was off and running. Her performances were very well received and she became one of the most popular actresses to grace the stage. Broadway beckoned, and since New York City was now recognized as the stage capital of the world, it was there she would try her luck. Billie came to New York when she was 22 and her momentum did not stop. She appeared in numerous plays and it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came calling, which is exactly what happened. She made her film debut in the lead role in Peggy (1916). The film was a hit, but then again most films were, as the novelty of motion pictures had not worn off since The Great Train Robbery (1903) at the turn of the century. Later that year, she appeared in Gloria's Romance (1916). In between cinema work, she would take her place on the stage because not only was it her first love, but she had speaking parts. Billie considered herself more than an actress--she felt she was an artist, too. She believed that the stage was a way to personally reach out to an audience, something that could not be done in pictures. In 1921, she appeared as Elizabeth Banks in The Education of Elizabeth (1921), then she retired. She had wed impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. of the famed Ziegfeld Follies and, with investments in the stock market, there was no need to work. ====What the Ziegfelds did not plan on==== was "Black October" in 1929. Their stock investments were wiped out in the crash, which precipitated the Great Depression, and Billie had no choice but to return to the screen. Movies had become even bigger than ten years earlier, especially since the introduction of sound. Her first role of substance was as Margaret Fairlfield in A Bill of Divorcement (1932). As an artist, she loved the fact that she had dialog, but she had to work even harder because her husband had died the same year as her speaking debut - and work she did. One of her career highlights came as Mrs. Millicent Jordan in David O. Selznick's Dinner at Eight (1933), co-starring Lionel Barrymore, Wallace Beery, John Barrymore and Jean Harlow - heady company to be sure, but Billie turned in an outstanding performance as Mrs. Jordan, the scatterbrained wife of a man whose shipping company is in financial trouble and who was trying to get someone to loan his company money to help stave off disaster. Her character loved to give dinner parties because a dinner affair at the Jordans had a reputation among New York blue-blood society as the highlight of the season. With all the drama and intrigue going on around her, her main concern is that she is one man short of having a full seating arrangement. The film was a hit and once again Billie was back on top. In 1937, she had one of her most fondly remembered roles in Topper (1937), a film that would ultimately spin off two sequels, and all three were box-office hits. In 1938, Billie received her first and only Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Emily Kilbourne in Merrily We Live (1938). This was probably the best performance of her screen career, but she was destined to be immortalized forever in the classic The Wizard of Oz (1939). At 54 years of age - and not looking anywhere near it - she played Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. The 1940s saw Billie busier than ever--she made 25 films between 1940 and 1949. She made only six in the 1950s, as her aging became noticeable. She was 75 when she made her final screen appearance as Cordelia Fosgate in John Ford's Western Sergeant Rutledge (1960). Billie retired for good and lived in Los Angeles, California, where she died at age 85 of natural causes on May 14, 1970. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson ====Billie Burke was born==== Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was the internationally famous clown, Billy Burke, and she would spend most of her early years touring Europe before the family settled in London. In 1903, she appeared on the stage as an actress and came to America in 1907 to star opposite John Drew in "My Wife". A red-haired beauty, she became the toast of Broadway and married promoter Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. in April 1914. Billie was signed in 1915 to make the film Peggy (1916). Of the next 15 films that she made, she would make 14 in New York. In between films, she would return to the stage which was her first love. Her last films were released in 1921 and she went into semi-retirement until their fortune was wiped out in 1929. Billie would return to films to support herself and her husband. Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. would die, a broken man, in 1932. ====It was in the comedy drama==== Dinner at Eight (1933) that Billie would find the character that she would play the rest of her career. It is the hapless, feather-brained lady with the unmistakably high voice who would be more interested in little details than what was at hand. In some films, like Piccadilly Jim (1936), she was obviously too old for the part, but played it to the hilt. Beginning in 1937, she starred in the "Topper" series of films (Topper (1937), Topper Takes a Trip (1938) and Topper Returns (1941)) for producer Hal Roach in which she played Mrs. Topper with her usual fluffy performance. But for most of the people who were raised on television, she will always be remembered as Glinda, the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz (1939). She continued to make films though out the 1940s and started another series with Father of the Bride (1950) and the follow-up Father's Little Dividend (1951). ====A real trouper,==== she next went to television with the television series Doc Corkle (1952). The series was canceled after three weeks due to poor writing. By 1953, her career was slowing down and she would only make three more movies in 1959 and 1960. The best remembered one would be John Ford's Western Sergeant Rutledge (1960). Billie Burke retired for good and lived in Los Angeles, California, where she died at age 85 of natural causes on May 14, 1970. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana ===Spouse (1)=== ====Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.==== (11 April 1914 - 22 July 1932) (his death) (1 child) ===Trivia (10)=== Best known as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Interred at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York, USA. Daughter, with Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.: Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson, born 1916. A 1919 Cadillac, owned by her and husband Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. is now in the possession of best-selling author Clive Cussler. The $40,000 she was paid for eight weeks work for Peggy (1916) was the largest salary ever paid up to that point to an actor for a single film. Biography in "Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties" by Axel Nissen. Began her show business career on stage in the British provinces. Her father was the internationally known English clown Billy Burke, who came to the U.S. with P. T. Barnum's circus. She is the 21st great granddaughter of King Edward I. During her early years on the American stage, she mixed socially with Mark Twain, Booth Tarkington, Enrico Caruso, and Somerset Maugham. Personal Quotes (5) [on why she retired] Acting just wasn't any fun anymore. Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese. [on Hollywood] To survive there, you need the ambition of a Latin-American revolutionary, the ego of a grand opera tenor and the physical stamina of a cow pony. By the time you get your name up in lights you have worked so hard and so long, and seen so many names go up and down, that all you can think of is: "How can I keep it here?" [on her husband, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.] Ziegfeld has been portrayed as a man who pursued women. I have even come across a word which, in regard to him, is not only vulgar but incredibly inaccurate. The word is "Chaser." By all the pink-toed prophets, Flo Ziegfeld was never that! Flo never pursed any woman. He was cool and aloof and difficult. But there were times, more times than I prefer to recall, when he made a woman eager for his approval by a mere look, or a small expression, or by a slight grasp of her elbow, a low mumbling request to dance. That was all the effort he ever had to make. The story of one noted dancing girl about how Flo Ziegfeld used to batter down her door is a confection of sheer poppycock. I tell you: I know better. ===Salary (2)=== Peggy (1916) $40,000 Gloria's Romance (1916) $300,000 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000992/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm ==Billie Burke== Actress - 7 Aug 1884 to 14 May 1970 - Biography by Hal Erickson [-] The daughter of a circus clown, American actress Billie Burke became a musical comedy star in the early 1900s under the aegis of two powerful Broadway producers: Charles K. Frohman and Florenz Ziegfeld. Burke's career soared after her marriage to Ziegfeld, which was both a blessing and a curse in that some newspaper critics, assuming she wouldn't have reached the heights without her husband's patronage, gave her some pretty rough reviews. Actually, she had a very pleasant singing voice and ingratiating personality, not to mention natural comic gift that transferred well to the screen for her film debut in Peggy (1915). She had no qualms about adjusting to characters roles upon reaching 40, but she was devoted to the stage and didn't intend to revive her film career - until the crippling debts left behind by Ziegfeld after his death in 1932 forced her to return full-time to Hollywood. At first concentrating on drama, Burke found that her true strength lay in comedy, particularly in portraying fey, birdbrained society ladies. She worked most often at MGM during the sound era, with rewarding side trips to Hal Roach studios, where she appeared as Mrs. Topper in the three Topper fantasy films, played Oliver Hardy's wife in Zenobia (1939) and earned an academy award nomination for her performance in Merrily We Live (1938). A tireless trouper, Burke appeared in virtually every sort of film, from rugged westerns like Sgt. Rutledge (1960) to a pair of surprisingly good two-reel comedies for Columbia Pictures in the late 1940s. If she had done nothing else worthwhile in her seven-decade career, Burke would forever be remembered for her lighthearted portrayal of Glinda the Good Witch in the matchless The Wizard of Oz (1939). In addition to her many film portrayals, Burke was herself portrayed in two filmed biographies of Flo Ziegfeld: Myrna Loy played her in The Great Ziegfeld (1936), while Samantha Eggar took the role in the TV-movie Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women (1978). http://www.allmovie.com/artist/billie-burke-p9595

Couple Profile Source
www.imdb.com/name/nm0000992/

Profile Bio Text
Actress (91 credits) Soundtrack (6 credits) Self (8 credits) Archive footage (14 credits) ***Broadway*** Mrs. January and Mr. X [Play, Comedy, Original] Performer: Billie Burke [Mrs. January, Nee January] Mar 31, 1944 - May 06, 1944 Ziegfeld Follies of 1943 [Musical, Revue, Original] Produced by arrangement with Billie Burke Ziegfeld Apr 01, 1943 - Jul 22, 1944 This Rock [Play, Original] Performer: Billie Burke [Cecily Stanley] Feb 18, 1943 - Mar 20, 1943 Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 [Musical, Revue, Original] Produced by Billie Burke Ziegfeld Sep 14, 1936 - Dec 19, 1936 Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 [Musical, Revue, Original] Produced by Billie Burke Ziegfeld Jan 30, 1936 - May 09, 1936 Ziegfeld Follies of 1934 [Musical, Revue, Original] Produced by Mrs. Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. Jan 04, 1934 - Jun 09, 1934 The Truth Game [Play, Comedy, Original] Performer: Billie Burke [Evelyn Brandon] Dec 27, 1930 - Mar 1931 Family Affairs [Play, Comedy, Original] Performer: Billie Burke [Estelle Wheaton] Dec 10, 1929 - Dec 1929 The Happy Husband [Play, Comedy, Original] Starring: Billie Burke [Dot Rendell] May 07, 1928 - Jul 1928 The Marquise [Play, Original] Performer: Billie Burke [The Marquise, Eloise De Kestournel] Nov 14, 1927 - Jan 1928 Annie Dear [Musical, Comedy, Original] Performer: Billie Burke [Annie Leigh] Nov 04, 1924 - Jan 31, 1925 Rose Briar [Play, Comedy, Original] Performer: Billie Burke [Rose Briar] Dec 25, 1922 - Mar 1923 The Intimate Strangers [Play, Comedy, Original] Starring: Billie Burke [Isabel] Nov 07, 1921 - Jan 1922 Caesar's Wife [Play, Drama, Original] Performer: Billie Burke [Violet] Nov 24, 1919 - Feb 1920 A Marriage of Convenience [Play, Revival] Performer: Billie Burke May 01, 1918 - Jun 1918 The Rescuing Angel [Play, Original] Performer: Billie Burke Oct 08, 1917 - Nov 1917 Jerry [Play, Original] Performer: Billie Burke ["Jerry"] Mar 28, 1914 - May 1914 The Land of Promise [Play, Original] Performer: Billie Burke Dec 25, 1913 - Mar 1914 The Amazons [Play, Revival] Performer: Billie Burke Apr 28, 1913 - Jun 1913 The "Mind-the-Paint" Girl [Play, Play with music, Original] Starring: Billie Burke Sep 09, 1912 - Jan 1913 The Runaway [Play, Original] Performer: Billie Burke [Colette] Oct 09, 1911 - Dec 1911 The Philosopher in the Apple Orchard [Play, Original] Performer: Billie Burke Jan 20, 1911 - Feb 1911 Suzanne [Play, Comedy, Original] Starring: Billie Burke [Suzanne] Dec 26, 1910 - Feb 1911 Mrs. Dot [Play, Comedy, Original] Performer: Billie Burke [Mrs. Worthley] Jan 24, 1910 - Mar 1910 Love Watches [Play, Comedy, Original] Performer: Billie Burke [Jacqueline] Aug 27, 1908 - Jan 1909 My Wife [Play, Original] Performer: Billie Burke [Beatrice "Trixie" Dupre] Aug 31, 1907 - Dec 1907 The Amazons [Play, Original] Performer: Billie Burke [Lady Thomasin] Feb 19, 1894 - Closing date unknown

Couple Profile Source
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billie_Burke, www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/billie-burke-21328, www.stagebeauty.net/th-main.html

Official Websites
www.allmovie.com/artist/billie-burke-p9595, www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/billie_burke/

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