Florenz Ziegfeld

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Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

Ziegfeld, Florenz

(flôr`ənz zēg`fĕld), 1869–1932, American theatrical producer, b. Chicago. The talent manager son of a German immigrant, in 1907 he first produced the Ziegfeld Follies, for 24 years an annual revue famous for its extraordinarily elaborate staging, variety of performers, and chorus line of beautiful women. Anna HeldHeld, Anna,
1873?–1918, American musical comedy actress, b. Paris. She is remembered for her beauty and charm and for her tempestuous off-stage life. After she had small singing and dancing parts in Paris, success came to her when Florenz Ziegfeld (whom she subsequently
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, Billie Burke, Fanny BriceBrice, Fanny or Fannie,
1891–1951, American comedienne, b. New York City as Fanny Borach. Brice appeared in burlesque and vaudeville from 1906.
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, Eddie CantorCantor, Eddie,
1892–1964, American entertainer, b. New York City, originally named Edward Israel Isskowitz. Cantor became one of the best-known theatrical figures of his day. His style was typified by lively footwork, rolling eyes, and an utterly individual singing voice.
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, Will RogersRogers, Will
(William Penn Adair Rogers), 1879–1935, American humorist, b. Oolagah, Indian Territory (now in Oklahoma). In his youth he worked as a cowboy in Oklahoma, and after traveling over the world, he returned to the United States and worked in vaudeville as a cowboy
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, and W. C. FieldsFields, W. C.
(William Claude Fields), 1880–1946, American comic actor, b. Philadelphia as Claude William Dukenfield. He began his career as a juggler, and much later appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies and in Earl Carroll's Vanities.
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 were among his stars. His other spectacular productions included Sally, Rio Rita, Rosalie, Show Boat, and Bitter Sweet. He was married to Anna Held from 1897 to 1913 and in 1914 married Billie Burke.


See biographies by C. Higham (1972) and E. Mordden (2008); M. Farnsworth, The Ziegfeld Follies (1956).

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As Linda Mizejewski beautifully chronicles in Ziegfeld Girl, Florenz Ziegfeld employed "teasing strategies of concealment and revelation" to sensationalize America's first sex goddess and Ziegfeld girl.
Placing the latter film of 1941 alongside The Great Ziegfeld of 1936, Mizejewski asks how these filmic representations conformed to prevailing cultural codes of beauty, sexuality and marriage while positioning Florenz Ziegfeld as the legendary creator of modern female theatricality.
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Still, Florenz Ziegfeld is a rope-a-dope opponent: The great producer's impact on Broadway alone, owing to the 20-odd Follies offered between 1907 and 1931, could swell a single volume.
Florenz Ziegfeld hired the great Bert Williams for the otherwise all-white Follies of 1910, inviting the audience to commiserate with a black man's misery in Williams's signature rendition of "Me and My Shadow.
The great celebrities of the day came to visit: Will Rogers, Florenz Ziegfeld, New York's mayor Jimmy Walker.
Josef Urban had a large hand in much of the interior designs and worked with Florenz Ziegfeld when that impresario hosted his famous Ziegfeld Follies at the New Amsterdam from 1913 to his death in 1932.
William Powell joins in to play the legendary Florenz Ziegfeld.
The question of whether fashion shows, even those with Florenz Ziegfeld and the couturier Lucile (Lady Duff Gordon, the designer of the "Merry Widow Hat"), should be held to the same licensing standards as "theatrical" productions, was also contentious.