Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer

Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer

by Cynthia Brideson, Sara Brideson

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Overview

The name Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. (1867—1932) is synonymous with the decadent revues that the legendary impresario produced at the turn of the twentieth century. These extravagant performances were filled with catchy tunes, high-kicking chorus girls, striking costumes, and talented stars such as Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice, Marilyn Miller, W. C. Fields, and Will Rogers. After the success of his Follies, Ziegfeld revolutionized theater performance with the musical Show Boat (1927) and continued making Broadway hits — including Sally (1920), Rio Rita (1927), and The Three Musketeers (1928) — several of which were adapted for the silver screen.

In this definitive biography, authors Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson offer a comprehensive look at both the life and legacy of the famous producer. Drawing on a wide range of sources — including Ziegfield's previously unpublished letters to his second wife, Billie Burke (who later played Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz), and to his daughter Patricia — the Bridesons shed new light on this enigmatic man. They provide a lively and well-rounded account of Ziegfeld as a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a lover, and an alternately ruthless and benevolent employer. Lavishly illustrated with over seventy-five images, this meticulously researched book presents an intimate and in-depth portrait of a figure who profoundly changed American entertainment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813175027
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 04/13/2018
Series: Screen Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Brideson is coauthor of Also Starring... : Forty Biographical Essays on the Greatest Character Actors of Hollywood's Golden Era, 1930—1965.

Sara Brideson is coauthor of Also Starring... : Forty Biographical Essays on the Greatest Character Actors of Hollywood's Golden Era, 1930—1965.

Table of Contents

Introduction: "A Man of Triple and Quadruple Personalities" 1

Part I Anna and Flo … and Lillian, 1867-1913

1 The Showman, the Strongman, and the Girl with the Eyes 9

2 Gloomy Gus and the Petit Bourgeois 33

3 "Its Delightful to Be Married" 61

4 A Maelstrom of Mirth 74

5 Entrances and Exits 96

6 The Girl at the Top of the Stairs 115

Part 2 Billie and Flo … and Marilyn, 1914-1923

7 Taming an Incorrigible Bounder 139

8 Lively Productions 153

9 The Past Becomes Ashes 169

10 The Ziegfelds' Xanadu 180

11 The Greatest Victory Party America Has Ever Known 196

12 Dear Old Zieggy and Company 213

13 A New Normalcy 232

14 The End of the Glory Days 252

Part 3 The Darkest Hour of Success, 1923-1932

15 Little Boy Blue 273

16 Vacations from Reality 287

17 A Shot in the Arm 306

18 Splendor and Intelligence 326

19 Ziegfeld Laughs … and Cries 342

20 "I Can't Do This Anymore" 363

21 Going Home 381

Part 4 The Legacy of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., 1932-

22 Going Hollywood 403

23 His Shows Must Go On 412

24 Beauty Slain 427

Epilogue: "You Can't Ever Kill Magic" 435

Appendix: Shows Produced and Coproduced Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. 439

Notes 465

Selected Bibliography 501

Index 505

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