Fanny Brice

as Extra in hotel lobby in the movie Crime Without Passion

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Real name is Fania Borach
Was born at 29 October 1891 in New York City, New York, USA . Died at 29 May 1951, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (cerebral hemorrhage)

Fanny Brice was a popular and influential American comedienne, singer,theatre and film actress, who made many stage, radio and filmappearances but is best remembered as the creator and star of thetop-rated radio comedy series, The Baby Snooks Show. Thirteen yearsafter her death, she was portrayed on the Broadway stage by BarbraStreisand in Funny Girl. The show was made into a musical film in 1968. Born Fania Borach, in New York City, she was the third child of Rose(Stern) and Charles Borach, relatively well-off saloon owners ofHungarian Jewish descent.

In 1908, she dropped out of school to work ina burlesque revue, and two years later she began her association withFlorenz Ziegfeld, headlining his Ziegfeld Follies from 1910 into the1930s. In the 1921 Follies, she was featured singing "My Man" whichbecame both a big hit and her signature song. She made a popularrecording of it for Victor Records. The second song most associatedwith her is "Second Hand Rose". She recorded nearly two dozen recordsides for Victor and also cut several for Columbia.

She is a posthumousrecipient of a Grammy Hall of Fame Award for her 1921 recording of "MyMan". Her films include My Man (1928), Be Yourself! (1930) andEverybody Sing (1938) with Judy Garland. Brice, Ray Bolger and HarrietHoctor were the only original Ziegfeld performers to portray themselvesin The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and Ziegfeld Follies (1946). For hercontribution to the motion picture industry, she has a star on theHollywood Walk of Fame at MP 6415 Hollywood Boulevard. .

There is some small facts about Fanny Brice:
  • Starred in every Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway from 1910 until 1936.
  • Starred in the widely popular 1940s' US radio comedy series as its title character, "Baby Snooks".
  • Pictured on one of five 29ยข US commemorative postage stamps celebrating famous comedians, issued in booklet form 29 August 1991. The stamp designs were drawn by caricaturist 'Al Hirschfeld' . The other comedians honored in the set are 'Stan Laurel' and 'Oliver Hardy' ; 'Edgar Bergen' (with alter ego Charlie McCarthy); 'Jack Benny' ; and 'Bud Abbott' and 'Lou Costello (I)' .
  • Believed that pearls should not be taken off and needed to be lived in and so she would sleep in hers at night.
  • 'Barbra Streisand' played her in the musical Funny Girl (1968) and the sequel Funny Lady (1975) .
  • Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 60-61. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  • Children with Arnstein: Frances (August 12, 1919-May 31, 1992) and famed abstract artist/painter William (April 23, 1921-March 3, 2008). Mother-in-law of 'Ray Stark' .
  • Following her death, she was interred in the Chapel Mausoleum at the Home of Peace Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
  • Following the death of her daughter Frances, she was reinterred at Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
  • The birth name of her second husband, better known as Nick Arnstein, was actually Jules W. Arndt Stein.
  • Dropped out of school after the eighth grade to work in a burlesque revue, "The Girls from Happy Land Starring Billy Watson".
  • (12/31/37) Radio: Appeared in MGM production of "Good News of 1938" on NBC Network. Also in cast: 'Myrna Loy', 'James Stewart (I)' , 'Wallace Beery' , 'Bruce Cabot' , 'Frank Morgan (I)' , Freda Starr, 'Gilbert Russell (I)' , 'Judy Garland' , 'Dennis O'Keefe (I)' , 'Lewis Stone (I)' , 'Guy Kibbee' and 'Cliff Edwards (I)' .
  • She was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6415 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Radio at 1500 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
  • Profiled in the book "Funny Ladies: 100 Years of Great Comediennes" by 'Stephen M. Silverman' (1999).
  • Returned to work two months after giving birth to her daughter Frances in order to begin performing on the Broadway production of "Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic".
  • Returned to work two months after giving birth to her son William in order to begin performing on the Broadway production of "Ziegfeld Follies of 1921".
  • Was three months pregnant with her son William when she ended her run on the Broadway production of "Ziegfeld Follies of 1920".
  • Was a staunch liberal Democrat.
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There is the list of movies, where Fanny Brice was taked part:
1 Crime Without Passion movie Crime Without Passion 1934 as Extra in hotel lobby
2 The Panic Is On: The Great American Depression as Seen by the Common Man movie The Panic Is On: The Great American Depression as Seen by the Common Man 2009 as Herself - Singer (segment "Knitting Sweaters for the Unemployed")
3 Ziegfeld Follies movie Ziegfeld Follies 1945 as Norma Edelman ('A Sweepstakes Ticket')
4 The Popsicle Parade of Stars movie The Popsicle Parade of Stars 1950 as Baby Snooks
5 Almonds and Raisins movie Almonds and Raisins 1984 as Herself
6 Be Yourself! movie Be Yourself! 1930 as Fannie Field
7 Brother Can You Spare a Dime movie Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 as Herself
8 Everybody Sing movie Everybody Sing 1938 as Olga Chekaloff
9 Hollywood Goes to Town movie Hollywood Goes to Town 1938 as Herself
10 Hollywood Without Make-Up movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963 as Herself
11 Making Trouble movie Making Trouble 2007 as Herself
12 My Man movie My Man 1928 as Fannie Brand
13 Paramount Headliner: Broadway Highlights No. 1 movie Paramount Headliner: Broadway Highlights No. 1 1935 as Film Clip Character
14 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Small Fry movie Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Small Fry 1956 as Herself
15 The Great Radio Comedians movie The Great Radio Comedians 1972 as Fanny Brice
16 The Great Standups movie The Great Standups 1984 as Herself
17 The Great Ziegfeld movie The Great Ziegfeld 1936 as Fannie Brice
18 The Story of Will Rogers movie The Story of Will Rogers 1952 as Fanny Brice
19 Zelig movie Zelig 1983 as Herself
20 American Masters movie American Masters 1985 as Herself
21 Great Performances movie Great Performances 1971 as Herself
22 The DuPont Show of the Week movie The DuPont Show of the Week 1961 as Herself
23 The Twentieth Century movie The Twentieth Century 1957 as Herself
There is the list of some articles of Fanny Brice:
  • "New York Times" (USA), 6 July 1951, pg. 14:7, "Fanny Brice's Will Filed; 2 Children and 3 Grandchildren Get Most of 2 Million Estate"
  • "The Stage" (UK), 31 May 1951, pg. 21:1, "Fanny Brice"
  • "New York Times" (USA), 30 May 1951, pg. 21:1, "Fanny Brice Dies at the Age of 59; Comedienne, Famed in Role of Baby Snooks, First Scored with Song 'My Man'; 'Discovered' by Ziegfeld; She Got $75 a Week to Play in 'Follies' [1916]--Also Starred on Radio and in Movies"
  • "Variety" (USA), 30 May 1951, pg. 63, "Fanny Brice Dies on Coast at 59"
  • "New York Times" (USA), 27 May 1951, pg. 58:4, "Fanny Brice Still in Oxygen Tent"
  • "New York Times" (USA), 26 May 1951, pg. 19:6, "Fanny Brice inb Coma; Comedienne in Oxygen Tent at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital"
  • "New York Times" (USA), 25 May 1951, pg. 29:4, "Fanny Brice Stricken; The Baby Snooks of Radio Fame Suffers Brain Hemorrhage"
  • "Moving Picture World" (USA), 11 June 1927, pg. 400, "Films Get Fanny Brice"
  • "Classic" (USA), June 1924, pg. 34-35, by: Beatrice Wilson, "Fannie and Her English Rival [Beatrice Lillie]"
There is the list of some quotes of Fanny Brice:
  • Men always fall for frigid women because they put on the best show.
  • With Nick Arnstein, I was miserably happy. With 'Billy Rose (I)' , I was happily miserable.
  • I am not sorry. I will tell anybody that, and it is the truth. I lived the way I wanted and never did what people said I should do or advised me to do. And I want my children to do the same. Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?
  • [summing up her career] Listen, kid. I've done everything in theatre except marry a property man. I've been a soubrette in burlesque and I've accompanied stereopticon slides. I've acted for Belasco ['David Belasco (I)' ] and I've laid 'em out in rows at the Palace. I've doubled as an alligator; I've worked for the Schuberts; and I've been joined to 'Billy Rose (I)' in the holy bonds. I've painted the house boards and I've sold tickets and I've been fired by 'George M. Cohan' . I've played in London before the king and in Oil City before miners with lanterns in their caps.
  • [on 'Esther Williams (I)' ] Wet, she's a star. Dry, she ain't.
  • There is no thrill more wonderful than that which comes with the feel of a friendly audience, and it is a thrill that comes more than once in a lifetime. It is subconscious but powerful, much like sensing the presence of a friend in the darkness. An audience reflects an actor's attitude as faithfully as a mirror. If he is relaxed and sure of himself his audience gives him its heart. But if he feels fear or works too hard for his effects there is thrown over the house the chill of discomfort.
  • You give the audience everything you need. They tell you. There is no director who can direct you like an audience. You step out on the stage and you can feel it is a nervous audience. So you calm them down. I come out before an audience and maybe my house burned down an hour ago, maybe my husband stayed out all night, but I stand there. I'm still. I don't move. I wait for the introduction. Maybe I cough. Maybe I touch myself. But before I do anything, I got them with me, right there in my hand and comfortable. That's my job, to make the comfortable, because if they wanted to be nervous, they could have stayed home and added their bills.
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