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Baade, Mabel:

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Mabel Baade performed in Ziegfeld's musicals Louie the 14th (1925), Rio Rita (1927-1928), Rosalie (1928), Whoopee (1928-1929), Simple Simon (1930), and Smiles (1930-1931). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925 (Jan 1926, Forrest Theatre, Phil PA). Her images are usually misnamed Mabel Boade.


Bacon, Virginia: [ACJ]

The photo I have indicates that Virginia Bacon was cast in Ned Wayburn's show Maiden Voyage (1926). However this show never made it to Broadway.


Bade, Annette: [ACJ]

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Annette Bade performed in Ziegfeld's musical The Century Girl (1916-1917), the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1920 (Feb 1, 1921 edition), and the Ziegfeld 9 O'Clock Frolic of 1921 (Feb 8, 1921 - Mar 1921). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1921 (April 11 edition).


Bailey, Consuelo:

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Consuelo Bailey performed on Broadway from 1906-1919. Although not listed on ibdb, she also performed in some as of yet undetermined Ziegfeld production, possibly a Midnight Frolic.


Bailey, Frankie:

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Frankie Bailey performed in the Ziegfeld musical The Little Duchess (1901-1902) and according to the theatre program, in The Century Girl (1916-1917).


Baker, Belle:

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(December 25, 1893 - April 29, 1957) Belle Baker performed in the 1926 Ziegfeld Broadway musical "Betsy".


Baker, Edythe: [ACJ]

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Edythe Baker bio by Scott Yanow at allmusic

(August 3, 1895 - November 22, 1965) Edythe Baker performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1920 (Feb 1, 1921 edition) and the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Frolic (Feb 8, 1921 - Mar 1921).

According to the theatre program, "Edith Barker" performed "Ten Fingers of Syncopation" in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1920 (May 31 edition) but this is undoubtedly an error. The performer was most certainly Edythe Baker, a ragtime pianist whose bio does say she performed for the Ziegfeld shows. There is an ACJ photo of her in Bob Hudovernik's Jazz Age Beauties book showing her at the piano. The actress Edith Barker played on Broadway and married into a banking family. She had a completely different type of career from Edythe Baker. According to the theatre program, Edythe Baker (spelled correctly) also performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1921 (April 11 edition).


Baker, Josephine:

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(June 3, 1906 - April 12, 1975) Josephine Baker performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936.


Ball, Billie: [ACJ]

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Bankhead, Tallulah: [ACJ]

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Tallulah: A Passionate Life: Ziegfeld Follies

Caught With My Facts Down by Tallulah Bankhead

(January 31, 1902 - December 12, 1968) Tallulah Bankhead performed on Broadway from 1918-1964. She performed in the Off-Broadway production of the Ziegfeld Follies (bearing no resemblance to the original production) at the Shubert (Boston, Opening Date: April 16, 1956). She also performed in films from 1933-1967.


Banks, Kitty: [ACJ]

No info available on Kitty Banks.


Bara, Theda: [ACJ]

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(July 29, 1885 – April 13, 1955) Theda Bara was the stage name of Theodosia Burr Goodman, an American silent film actress. Bara was one of the most popular screen actresses of her era and one of cinema's earliest sex symbols. Her femme fatale roles earned her the nickname "The Vamp." Theda Bara made more than 40 feature films between 1914 and 1926. Complete prints of only six of these films still exist with only three remaining completely intact. Pity!!! What I'd give to see her Cleopatra! She also performed on Broadway in 1908 and again in 1920.


Barker, Irene: [ACJ]

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Irene Barker performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1919. According to the theatre programs, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of March 8, 1920 (aka Ziegfeld Girls of 1920)and the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Frolic of 1920 (May 31 edition). Barnette, Jean:

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Jean Barnette performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1913 and 1914. She also performed in Ziegfeld's musical Miss Innocence (1909).


Barnes, Helen:

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Helen Barnes performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1915-1918. According to the costume in the photo I have, she also performed in one or more of the first four Midnight Frolics.


Baron, Leonore (aka Miss Baron): [misc]

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Leonore Baron performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1918. According to a photo I have which gives her full name, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922. Only her last name was given on the theatre programs so she is listed only as Miss Baron on ibdb.


Barr Twins:

According to the cast photo on page 6 of the theatre program, the Barr Twins performed in Ziegfeld's musical The Century Girl (1916-1917).


Basquette, Lina: [ACJ]

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(April 19, 1907 - September 30, 1994) Lina Basquette performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1924 and 1925.


Bassett, Betty:

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Betty Bassett performed in Ziegfeld's musical Show Girl (1929).


Bayes, Nora:

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(1880 - June 19, 1928) Nora Bayes performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1908, 1909, and 1931. She also performed in Ziegfeld's musical Miss Innocence (1909).


Behrens, Elsie: [ACJ]

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Elsie Behrens performed in Ziegfeld's musicals Louie the 14th (1925), Rio Rita (1927-1928), Rosalie (1928), Whoopee (1928-1929), Simple Simon (1930), and Smiles (1930-1931). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925 (Jan 1926, Forrest Theatre, Phil PA).


Bell, Virginia: [ACJ]

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Virginia Bell performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic (Feb 1, 1921 edition) and in the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Frolic of 1921 (Feb 8, 1921 - Mar 1921). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1921 (April 11 edition).


Bellamy, Madge: [ACJ]

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(June 30, 1899 – January 24, 1990) Madge Bellamy was a famous film star who performed in films from 1920-1945. She also performed on Broadway in 1918-1919.


Belmont, Mary:

Although not listed on ibdb, I have an image that indicates Mary Belmont performed with her husband Joe in Ziegfeld's Nine O'Clock Revue and Midnight Frolic.


Bell, Adelaide:

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Adelaide Bell performed in Ziegfeld's musical The Century Girl (1916).


Benda, Marion: [ACJ]

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Marion Benda performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925, Rosalie (1928), and the Ziegfeld musical Rio Rita (1927-1928).

The following info is from Wikipedia's Rudolph Valentino page: "Marion Benda (not to be confused with the Marion Benda who married Zeppo Marx) may have been dating Valentino shortly before his death. She claimed that she and Valentino were the parents of two children, and was later diagnosed as delusional."

Thanks to Evelyn for emailing me about a NY Times article from August 16, 1926 on Zeppo Marx which states: "Engaged. Herbert ("Zeppo") Marx, one of the four famed comedian brothers† playing in The Cocoanuts; to Actress Marion Benda (real name Marion Bimberg) who has recently played in Tarnish but will soon play in Love 'Em and Leave 'Em in Chicago."

As Evelyn points out, it seems unlikely that there were two women named Marion Benda on Broadway in the 1920's. Valentino died in 1926 so it is possible that the Ziegfeld Benda did marry Zeppo and that Wikipedia is incorrect. I have written Bob Hudovernik to see if he might shed some light on all this. Thanks for writing, Evelyn!

Her image is sometimes named Marion Benua.


Benua, Marian: [ACJ] (see Benda, Marion)


Bergman, Caryl: [ACJ]

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Caryl Bergman performed in the Ziegfeld musicals Rosalie (1928) and Show Girl (1929). Her photos are usually named Carol Bergman.


Beri, Beth: [ACJ]

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Beth Beri performed in Ziegfeld's musical Kid Boots (1923-1925).


Bertrand, Claire:

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Although not listed on ibdb, I have a photo indicating that Claire Bertrand performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1915. She performed on Broadway from 1912-1916.


Beverly, Marjorie:

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Marjorie Beverly performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1918. According to the theatre programs, she also performed in The Midnight Frolic of April 27, 1915 (The Evening Mail), the Midnight Frolic of November 26, 1917, the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball of 1918, and the Midnight Frolic of July 29, 1918.


Biddle, Virginia: [ACJ]

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Virginia Biddle performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1931. She also performed in Ziegfeld's musicals Rio Rita (1927-1928) and Smiles (1930-1931).


Binney, Constance: [ACJ]

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(July 28, 1896 - November 15, 1989) Constance Binney performed on Broadway from 1917-1924. She also performed in silent films from 1918-1923.


Blake, Peggy: [ACJ]

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Peggy Blake performed in Ziegfeld's musicals Rio Rita (1927-1928) and Bitter Sweet (1929-1930).


Blanchard, Dorothy:

Dorothy Blanchard performed in the Ziegfeld Follies circa 1925.


Blythe, Betty: [ACJ]

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(September 1, 1893 - April 7, 1972) Betty Blythe performed on Broadway from 1930-1944 and in films from 1916-1964.


Boade, Mabel: [ACJ] (see Baade, Mabel)


Bond, Lilian (aka Bond, Lillian): [ACJ]

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(January 18, 1908 - January 25, 1991) Although not listed in ibdb as ever having been in any Ziegfeld productions, the NY Times says, "...Lillian Bond won a beauty contest on her home turf in 1926. Shortly afterward, she came to New York, where she was hired for The Ziegfeld Follies."


Bori, Lucrezia: [ACJ]

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(December 24, 1887 – May 14, 1960) Lucrezia Bori was a celebrated Spanish operatic singer, a lyric soprano. Her real name was Lucrecia Borja y González de Riancho and her family were reputed to be descended from the Borgias.


Bow, Clara: [ACJ]

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(July 29, 1905 - September 27, 1965) Known as the "It" Girl, the ultimate flapper Clara Bow performed in films from 1926-1933.


Bradley, Jeanette:

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Jeanette Bradley performed in Ziegfeld's musical The Three Musketeers (1928).


Bradley, Vera [no pics]

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According to the theatre program, Vera Bradley performed in the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of March 8, 1920 (aka Ziegfeld Girls of 1920).


Brady, Alice: [ACJ]

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(November 2, 1892 - October 28, 1939) Alice Brady was interested in the stage since she was a child. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York. Her first film was at the age of 22 when she starred in As Ye Sow in 1914. Alice was immediately put to work in a number of film projects. Alice was one of the fortunate actresses to make a successful transition from the silent era into the sound age. In 1936, Alice was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in My Man Godfrey.

One year later, she won the Oscar for the same award in In Old Chicago. Due to a broken ankle she was not able to attend The 10 Annual Academy Awards. During the ceremony an unidentified man walked up to the podium and accepted the award on her behalf. When she called The Academy to say that she had not received her Oscar, it was revealed that the man was had been an impostor who had crashed the party, accepted her award and walked off with it. Brady passed away before the academy could issue a replacement. Neither the stolen Oscar nor the man who walked away with it were ever heard from again.

Alice died of cancer in New York City on October 28, 1939. She was only 46 years old. Her final film that year was Young Mr. Lincoln. Although best remembered for her comic performances as socially-ambitious mothers she often played serious roles, among them Lavinia Mannon in the original Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra."

Alice Brady performed in films from 1914-1939. She also performed on Broadway from 1911-1933.


Brady, Eva (aka Grady, Eva): [ACJ]

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There is confusion both in Eva Brady's named photos and on ibdb due to the similarity in the names she used. Photos may be found under either name (most of her ACJ photos are named Eva Brady) and she is listed under both names on ibdb. I have an image identifying her as Eva Brady from Theatre Magazine, August 1920, stating she is in the Follies. I also have an image identifying her as Eva Grady from Munsey's Magazine 1920 also stating she is in the Follies. My theatre program for the Follies lists her only as "Grady" but ibdb.com lists an Eva Grady for the 1920s Follies. They also list Eva Brady as having performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921 and 1922. I don't find her listed on either of my 1922 Follies programs but there are certainly other 1922 Follies programs. I don't have the 1921 program yet. I believed Eva Grady and Eva Brady were the same person and, thanks to Vlad's research, it turns out they are!

Many thanks to Vlad in my Historical Ziegfeld group for reseaching this mystery and solving it! He posted the following info on Nov 5, 2008 from the book noted:

Buncombe Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Rice Reynolds

"In 1925 Reynolds, ever the ladies’ man, met the woman who was to become his fourth wife. Eva Grady of Chicago, Illinois, a Ziegfeld Follies dancer known professionally as Eva Brady, had come to Asheville in search of a cure for tuberculosis."


Brady, Kathryn [no pics]

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Kathryn Brady performed in the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of September 22, 1919.


Brady, Olive: [ACJ]

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Olive Brady performed in Ziegfeld's 1928-1929 Broadway production of Whoopee.


Brady, Peggy [no pics]

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Peggy Brady performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1920 (Feb 1, 1921 edition). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1921 (April 11 edition).


Breamer, Sylvia: [ACJ]

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(June 9, 1897 - June 7, 1943) Sylvia Breamer was an actress who performed in films from 1917-1936. Her images are sometimes named Sylvia Breamet.


Bremer, Lucille: [ACJ]

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(February 21, 1917 - April 16, 1996) I have found no evidence to date that she ever performed in any Ziegfeld production.


Brewster, Kathryn:

According to the theatre program, Kathryn Brewster performed in the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball of 1918.


Brice, Fanny (aka Brice, Fannie): [ACJ]

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(October 29, 1891 – May 29, 1951) Fanny Brice performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1910, 1911, 1916, 1917, 1920 (as Fannie Brice), 1921, 1923, 1924, 1934, and 1936. She also performed in the 1919 Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic and the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of March 8, 1920 (aka Ziegfeld Girls of 1920). According to the theatre programs, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball of 1918 and the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Frolic of 1920 (May 31 edition).


Broderick, Helen:

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(August 11, 1891 – September 25, 1959) Helen Broderick performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1907.


Broderick, Lillian:

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Lillian Broderick performed in Ziegfeld Follies of 1920.


Brodsley, Bobbie:

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Bobbie Brodsley performed in the 1929 Ziegfeld musical Show Girl and in the 1930-1931 Ziegfeld musical Smiles.


Brooks, Flo: [ACJ]

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Flo Brooks performed on Broadway from 1923-1933.


Brooks, Louise: [ACJ]

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(November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985) Louise Brooks performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925 and in Ziegfeld's 1925 musical comedy Louie the 14th.


Brooks, May: [ACJ]

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According to the theatre programs, May Brooks performed as "Miss Brooks" in in the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball (1918). She also performed in the Midnight Frolic of July 29, 1918 under her full name according to that theatre program.


Brown, Betty (aka Browne, Betty): [ACJ]

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Betty Brown performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917. According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Nine O'Clock Revue of September 22, 1919. She also performed in other Broadway productions from 1916 through 1922 and acted in films from 1913 to 1936.


Brown, Dorothy:

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Dorothy Brown performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1923 and 1924 and Ziegfeld's musicals Louie the 14th (1925) and Whoopee (1928-1929).


Brown, Helen (aka Hayes, Helen): [ACJ]

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(October 10, 1900 – March 17, 1993) Birth name: Helen Hayes Brown. Nickname: "First Lady of the American Theater". She had a career than spanned over 80 years beginning as a child actress at age 5. She was the first person ever to win a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony, and an Emmy in competitive categories. The lights of Broadway were dimmed for one minute at 8:00 p.m. on the day she died. Helen Hayes Brown performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927.


Brown, Louise: [no pics]

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Louise Brown performed in Ziegfeld's musical No Foolin' (1926). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925 (Jan 1926, Forrest Theatre, Phil PA).


Bruce, Virginia:

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(September 29, 1910 – February 24, 1982) Virginia Bruce performed in Ziegfeld's musical Smiles (1930-1931).


Brunner, Lily:

Although not listed on ibdb.com, I have a photo indicating that Lily Brunner performed in Ziegfeld's musical Rio Rita (1929-1930).


Bryan, Gertrude: [ACJ]

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I have found no evidence to date that Gertrude Bryan ever performed in any Ziegfeld productions.


Buck, Helen: [ACJ]

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Helen Buck performed on Broadway from 1933-1935.


Buckeridge, Gladys [no pics]

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Gladys Buckeridge performed in The Midnight Frolic of July 29, 1918.


Buckley, Anna: [ACJ]

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Anna Buckley performed on Broadway from 1921 through 1924.


Burdette, Florence: [ACJ]

No info available on Florence Burdette.


Burke, A. (no other info on first name): [no pics]

According to the theatre program, A. Burke performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925 (Jan 1926, Forrest Theatre, Phil PA).


Burke, Billie: [ACJ]

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(August 7, 1885 - May 17, 1970) When Burke met Ziegfeld at a New Year's gala, it was love at first sight for both of them. They were married in 1914, and had a daughter, Patricia, two years later. Burke was infuriated by Ziegfeld's frequent infidelities, but their love kept the marriage going. She performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1934, 1936, and 1943. She also performed in Ziegfeld's production of Caesar's Wife (1919-1920), his musical comedy The Intimate Strangers (1921-1922), his production of Rose Briar (1922-1923), and his musical comedy Annie Dear (1924-1925). She was a popular film star, acting in films from 1916 through 1960. She is perhaps best remembered as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, in the Wizard of Oz.


Burke, Katherine: [ACJ]

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Katherine Burke performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925 and 1931, Ziegfeld's 1928 musical Rosalie, and Ziegfeld's Whoopee (1928-1929).


Burns, Betty: [no pics]

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Betty Burns performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1920 (Feb 1, 1921 edition). According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of 1921 (April 11 edition).


Burns, Julia: [ACJ]

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I have found no evidence to date that she ever performed in any Ziegfeld productions.


Burress, Frances:

According to a Ziegfeld Club program photo I have, Frances Burress performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolics of 1914-1916.


Butlin, Joan [no pics]

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According to the theatre program, Joan Butlin performed in the Ziegfeld Follies-Frolic Ball (1918).


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