Billie Burke
American stage and film actress
Billie Burke
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Birthday
07 August 1904
Deceased
14 May 1970
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U.S.
Death Place
U.S.
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Burke, Mary William Ethelbert Appleton
Birth name
Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke
Active years end year
1960z
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Efemérides - Los Andes (Argentina)
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Contó con las actuaciones de Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Billie Burke y Margaret Hamilton. En la actualidad es considerada una película de culto, a pesar de su proyecto inicial como fábula cinematográfica infantil
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5 Things All About Westport: August 11 - Patch.com
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The 1937 film stars Roland Young, Billie Burke, Alan Mowbray, Eugene Pallette and Hedda Hopper. It spawned two sequels and a TV series. Later in the day, from 6:30 to 9 pm, the Westport Library will present the foreign film “Biutiful,” also in the
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Aged-care overhaul - ABC Online
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BILLIE BURKE: It broke my heart, to be honest because I loved my home, I really, really loved my home. HAYDEN COOPER: The Productivity Commission wants to give people choices by allowing the elderly to choose how they pay, what services they want and
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Only Bad Witches Are Ugly: Happy Birthday Billie Burke - LAist
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Billie Burke, known to many as Glinda the Good Witch of the North from the Wizard of Oz, has taught us many valuable lessons. Today's video lunch is a reminder that sometimes witches are cryptic, sometimes they have answers they won't tell you,
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THEATER REVIEW | 'THE PATSY'; A One-Man Act: Mother, Sisters, Father, Lovers (Who Manage to Kiss)
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In ''The Patsy,'' a revival of a forgotten 1925 comedy by Barry Conners presented by the Transport Group, David Greenspan plays the title character, an all-American Cinderella who outwits her scheming sister to land a swell guy. He also plays the scheming sister. And the squabbling siblings' dithering mother. And their frustrated father, and the
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The Road to "42nd Street:" Revisit theater history with the "42nd Street" backdrop - Naples Daily News
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Florenz Ziegfeld died in 1932; there was no 1932 or 1933 edition of the "Follies," although his widow Billie Burke did license the name for use in similar use in 1934 and 1936. "Tobacco Road" ran for eight years (3182 performances) on Broadway,
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Win a prize pack from Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Seyfried and Shiloh ... - Flix 66
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Gary Oldman, Billie Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas and Julie Christie also star. To win the Prize Pack simply answer the question below. RED RIDING HOOD star Amanda Seyfried made her feature film debut in which of the
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1937's "Topper" starring Cary Grant at Rave Motion Pictures in Davenport - Examiner.com
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This time only Roland Young returned although with Billie Burke, his wife from the first two films in a beefed up role. Having been reunited by the ghost of Marion Kerby in “Topper Takes a Trip” the couple finds themselves with a new ghost played by
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John Waters to present 'The Wizard of Oz' at the Music Box - Chicago Sun-Times
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I thought Glenda [the Good Witch, played by the impossibly effervescent Billie Burke] was scarier. I wanted to be the Wicked Witch's friend, and I wanted to move in with her. I once sobbed when she was melting.” Waters never met Hamilton but she did
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John Waters off to see the 'Wizard' - Chicago Sun-Times
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I thought Glenda [the Good Witch, played by the impossibly effervescent Billie Burke] was scarier. I wanted to be the Wicked Witch's friend, and I wanted to move in with her. I once sobbed when she was melting.” Waters never met Hamilton but she did
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Interview: Author Robert K. Elder Launches Music Box Film Series - HollywoodChicago.com
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'The Film That Changed My Life' series presents 'The Wizard of Oz,' starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton, Billie Burke and Frank Morgan. It was written by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf and
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Summer was a different movie season before 'Jaws' - Los Angeles Times
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Judy Garland and Billie Burke in "The Wizard of Oz." (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment,, unknown / May 30, 2011) By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Besides scaring swimmers everywhere, "Jaws" changed the summer movie landscape. Before the release of the
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Castro remembers Elizabeth Taylor, actress - Bay Area Reporter
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With Joan Bennett and Billie Burke. A smash. (Mon., 5/30) Joseph Losey helmed Secret Ceremony (1968), with Taylor as an aging London prostitute and Mia Farrow (in a black wig) as a mother-obsessed young woman. Beautifully photographed, morbidly
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Screen on the Green shimmers in Summit - Independent Press - NJ.com
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Third in the series is the classic “The Wizard of Oz,” the timeless movie that starred Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke and, of course, Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West
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Williams in Oz, the Great and Powerful - Mania
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Variety reports that Michelle Williams is set in the role of Glinda, the Good Witch that actress Billie Burke famously played in the 1939 film. Williams joins her fellow co-stars James Franco, Mila Kunis and possibly Rachel Weisz
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Notable Quotes - Namibian
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Mary William Ethelbert Appleton “Billie” Burke (August 7, 1884 – May 14, 1970) was an American actress.[1] She is primarily known to modern audiences as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the musical film The Wizard of Oz. She was nominated for an
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billie Burke
1884
Born on August 7, 1884.
1903
In 1903 she began acting on stage, making her debut in London in The School Girl.
Other London shows included The Duchess of Dantzic (1903) and The Blue Moon (1904). She eventually returned to America to star in Broadway musical comedies.
1910
Burke went on to play leads on Broadway in Mrs. Dot, Suzanne, The Runaway, The "Mind-the-Paint" Girl, and The Land of Promise from 1910 to 1913, along with a supporting role in the revival of Sir Arthur Wing Pinero's The Amazons.
1914
There she caught the eye of producer Florenz Ziegfeld, marrying him in 1914.
Two years later they had a daughter, Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson (1916–2008). Burke was signed for the movies, making her cinematic debut in the title role of Peggy (1915). Her success was phenomenal, and she was soon earning what was reputedly the highest salary granted a motion picture actress up to that time. She followed her first feature with the 15-part serial Gloria's Romance (1916), another popular and critically acclaimed vehicle.
1917
By 1917 Billie Burke was a favorite with silent movie fans, rivaling Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, Clara Kimball Young and Irene Castle.
Billie Burke starred primarily in provocative society dramas and comedies, similar in theme to The "Mind-the-Paint" Girl, her most successful American play. The star's girlish charm rivaled her acting ability, and as she dressed to the hilt in fashionable gowns, furs and jewelry, her clothes sense also won the devotion of female audiences. Among the films in which she appeared during this period were Arms and the Girl (1917), The Mysterious Miss Terry, Let's Get a Divorce (1918), Good Gracious, Annabelle (1919), Away Goes Prudence (1920) and The Frisky Mrs. Johnson (1920). The actress's beauty and taste made her a major trendsetter throughout the 1910s and 20s. Much of her wardrobe, on screen and off, at this time was provided by the leading European couturier Lucile (in private life Lady Duff Gordon), whose New York branch was then the fashion mecca for socialites and entertainment celebrities.
1929
But when the family's savings were wiped out in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, she took up screen acting again to aid her husband.
1932
In 1932, Burke made her Hollywood comeback, starring as Margaret Fairfield in A Bill of Divorcement, directed by George Cukor. (She played Katharine Hepburn's mother in the film, which was Hepburn's debut).
Despite the death of Florenz Ziegfeld during the film's production, she resumed filming shortly after his funeral.
1933
In 1933, Burke was cast as Millicent Jordan, a scatterbrained high-society woman hosting a dinner party in the comedy Dinner at Eight, directed by George Cukor, co-starring with Lionel Barrymore, Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Jean Harlow and Wallace Beery.
The movie was a great success, and revived her career. She subsequently starred in many comedies and musicals, typecast as a ditzy, fluffy and feather-brained upper-class matron with her high-pitched voice. In 1936, MGM filmed a sanitized biopic of Florenz Ziegfeld (The Great Ziegfeld), a film that won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Actress (Luise Rainer as Ziegfeld's common-law wife, Anna Held). William Powell played Flo Ziegfeld and Myrna Loy played Burke, which infuriated Burke because she was under contract to the studio and could have played herself, but MGM considered her too old to cast in the part despite her obviously having the look and mannerisms down perfectly otherwise.
1937
In 1937 Burke appeared in the first of the Topper films, about a man haunted by two socialite ghosts (played by Cary Grant and Constance Bennett), in which she played the twittering and daffy Clara Topper.
Her performance as Emily Kilbourne in Merrily We Live (1938) resulted in her only Oscar nomination.
1938
In 1938 she was chosen to play Glinda the Good Witch of the North, in the musical The Wizard of Oz (1939), directed by Victor Fleming, with Judy Garland.
She had worked on a Garland film, Everybody Sing, in which she played Judy's histrionically hysterical actress-mother. Another successful film series followed with Father of the Bride (1950) and Father's Little Dividend (1951), both directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, and Elizabeth Taylor. Burke wrote two autobiographies, both with Cameron Van Shippe, With a Feather on My Nose (Appleton 1949) and With Powder on My Nose (Coward McCann, 1959).
1943
On CBS Radio, The Billie Burke Show was heard on Saturday mornings from April 3, 1943 until September 21, 1946.
Sponsored by Listerine, this situation comedy was initially titled Fashions in Rations during its first year. Portraying herself as a featherbrained Good Samaritan who lived "in the little white house on Sunnyview Lane," she always offered a helping hand to those in her neighborhood. She worked often in early television, appearing in the short-lived sitcom Doc Corkle (1952). She was a guest star on several TV and radio series, including Duffy's Tavern.
1951
On television, Burke starred in her own talk show, At Home With Billie Burke, which ran on the DuMont Television Network from June 1951 through the spring of 1952.
She was one of the first female talk show hosts, after the hostesses of the earlier DuMont series And Everything Nice (1949–50) and Fashions on Parade (1948–49) which both included some talk show segments. Burke tried to make a comeback on the New York stage. She starred in two short-lived productions: This Rock and Mrs. January and Mr. X. Although she got good reviews, the plays did not. She appeared in several plays in California as well, although her mind became clouded, and she had trouble remembering lines. In the late 1950s, her failing memory led to her retirement from show business, although her explanation for that was, "Acting just wasn't any fun anymore." Burke's last screen appearance was in Sergeant Rutledge (1960), a Western directed by John Ford.
1960
In 1960, for her contribution to motion pictures, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6617 Hollywood Boulevard.
On November 4, 2015, a crater near the north pole of the planet Mercury was named after her. Silent Sound
1970
Burke resided in Beverly Hills, California. She died in Los Angeles of natural causes on May 14, 1970, at the age of 85 and was interred at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York.
At the time of her death, she was survived by her daughter, Patricia (now deceased), and four grandchildren. For many years, Burke's framed photo was displayed above the exit staircase at New York's Ziegfeld Theatre; but it vanished after renovations. However, an opening night program, bearing a picture of her, from her 1912 triumph The Mind The Paint Girl (Sir Arthur Wing Pinero) is still displayed in the lobby of the Lyceum Theatre in New York City. A park in the New York City suburb of Hastings on Hudson, New York, is named the Burke Estate.
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