By Grant Hayter-Menzies
Broadway actress Billie Burke was once some of the most wanted younger degree beauties of her time, stealing the hearts of Enrico Caruso, Mark Twain, and, most significantly, famed Broadway manufacturer Florenz Ziegfeld, who turned her husband. Following Ziegfeld's dying, the threats of monetary smash and encroaching age pressured Burke to recreate herself as a Hollywood personality actress. This biography advantages from the cooperation of the daughter and grandchildren of Burke and Ziegfeld, in addition to from anecdotes supplied via actors who played with Burke at the level and monitor. as well as learning the nature and value of Burke's maximum monitor position in Glinda the great Witch of the North, this richly illustrated ebook additionally offers a whole background of Burke's level, display, and radio paintings.
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She had just taken out a forty-eight-year lease on a small house in London’s fashionable St. John’s Wood district. She had Hawtrey planning out her future stage career, and she had more than one handsome suitor, one of whom could have given her a title. But New York and America took hold of Billie Burke. 22 CHAPTER 3 Toast of Broadway “New York amazed me,” recalled Billie, after she arrived there in the hot August of 1907 with her mother and all the baskets, boxes and bundles that constituted Blanche’s idea of proper travel accoutrements.
He adds that Frohman, in a bit of Barnum publicity that would inﬂuence Billie’s own selfgenerated press in years to come, gave out to the papers that the clown Billy Burke had been Drew’s old friend of many years’ standing, and before his death had made Drew promise to take care of Billie — a blatant ﬁb that would, however, not do My Wife any harm at the box ofﬁce. 5 According to Billie, on opening night Drew took more than twenty curtain calls; and it gradually dawned on her that My Wife had made her, an unknown young woman who had only gained a following in London music halls, a star.
Each night, Billie emerged from the brilliant lights of the Empire Theatre and marveled at the velvety dark blue sky above the city, studded with a million diamond stars. This had not been possible in smoky London, but as Billie points out, the stars inside the Empire were pretty dazzling, too. 1 Charles Frohman had made John Drew a star, or so claims the hagiographic biography of Frohman produced by Isaac F. Marcosson and Frohman’s brother, Daniel, a year after Charles’ tragic death on the Lusitania.