Saturday, 8 September 2018

672) Billie Burke

Mary William Ethelbert Appleton "Billie" Burke (1884 – 1970). American actress who was famous on Broadway, on radio, early silent film, and subsequently in sound film. She is best known to audiences as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the movie musical The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Burke 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 film series. Her high-pitched, wavering, aristocratic voice was her trademark, which made her a frequent choice to play dim-witted, spoiled society types.
Billie Burke was the wife of Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., of Ziegfeld Follies fame, from 1914 until his death in 1932.
She was born Mary Burke, the daughter of William "Billy" Burke and Blanche (née Beatty; 1844–1921), in Washington, D.C. She toured the United States and Europe with her father, who was a singer and clown and worked for the Barnum & Bailey Circus. 

On November 4, 2015, a crater near the north pole of the planet Mercury was named after her.

- "However, she was best remembered for her distinctive red hair."…/20-facts-about-ozs-bewitchin…

- "He was of Irish descent, with red hair, blue eyes and a fine singing voice."…/billie-burke-dead-movie-comedienn…

- "Standing out with her red hair and good comedic timing, Burke soon made her back to the United States and on to Broadway in My Wife (1907)."

 - "He [Mark Twain] would shake that beautiful shock of snowy white hair and lean his wonderful head against mine to say 'Billie, we redheads have to stick together'"…

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