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Fanny Brice

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American comedian, singer, theater and film actress who was simply the creator and star of the air comedy series, THE INFANT Snooks Present. She was known on her behalf signature melody “My Guy”, which she initial sang in the 1921 Ziegfeld Follies. Thirteen years after her loss of life she was the main topic of the 1968 film Crazy Girl. She fell out of college in 1908 to function in a burlesque revue. 2 yrs later she fulfilled Florenz Ziegfeld, and shortly she was headlining Ziegfeld Follies, where she proved helpful from 1910 to 1911 before getting hired once again in 1920. She received the Grammy Hall of Popularity Award on her behalf 1921 documenting of My Guy. Her second hubby, Julius Nicky Arnstein, offered 3 years at Leavenworth penitentiary, and vanished when he premiered. She acquired two kids, Frances and William, with him and afterwards wedded her third hubby, Billy Rose, in 1929. She was portrayed by Barbara Streisand in the Broadway musical Crazy Girl.

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Full Name Fanny Brice
Date Of Birth October 29, 1891
Died May 29, 1951, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.68 m
Profession Comedian
Nationality American
Spouse Billy Rose, Nicky Arnstein, Frank White
Children William Brice, Frances Arnstein
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1Became pregnant by her future husband Nick Arnstein prior to his divorce and their 1919 marriage, but she had an abortion.
2Was a staunch liberal Democrat.
3Was three months pregnant with her son William when she ended her run on the Broadway production of "Ziegfeld Follies of 1920".
4Returned 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".
5Returned to work two months after giving birth to her daughter Frances in order to begin performing on the Broadway production of "Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic".
6Profiled in the book "Funny Ladies: 100 Years of Great Comediennes" by Stephen M. Silverman (1999).
7She 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.
8(12/31/37) Radio: Appeared in MGM production of "Good News of 1938" on NBC Network. Also in cast: 'Myrna Loy', James Stewart, Wallace Beery, Bruce Cabot, Frank Morgan, Freda Starr, Gilbert Russell, Judy Garland, Dennis O'Keefe, Lewis Stone, Guy Kibbee and Cliff Edwards.
9Dropped out of school after the eighth grade to work in a burlesque revue, "The Girls from Happy Land Starring Billy Watson".
10The birth name of her second husband, better known as Nick Arnstein, was actually Jules W. Arndt Stein.
11Following the death of her daughter Frances, she was reinterred at Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
12Following her death, she was interred in the Chapel Mausoleum at the Home of Peace Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
13Children 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.
14Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 60-61. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
15Barbra Streisand played her in the musical Funny Girl (1968) and the sequel Funny Lady (1975).
16Believed that pearls should not be taken off and needed to be lived in and so she would sleep in hers at night.
17Pictured on one of five 29¢ 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.
18Starred in the widely popular 1940s' US radio comedy series as its title character, "Baby Snooks".
19Starred in every Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway from 1910 until 1936.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Popsicle Parade of Stars1950TV SeriesBaby Snooks
Ziegfeld Follies1945Norma Edelman ('A Sweepstakes Ticket')
Everybody Sing1938Olga Chekaloff
The Great Ziegfeld1936Fannie Brice (as Fannie Brice)
Crime Without Passion1934Extra in hotel lobby (uncredited)
The Man from Blankley's1930
Be Yourself!1930Fannie Field (as Fannie Brice)
My Man1928Fannie Brand

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical2008Video documentary performer: "Unidentified Song", "My Man" - uncredited
Cold Case2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Masters1997TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Everybody Sing1938performer: "Quainty, Dainty Me" 1937, "Snooks Why? - Because!" 1937, "Finale" uncredited
The Great Ziegfeld1936performer: "Yiddle on Your Fiddle" 1910 uncredited, "Queen of the Jungle" 1936 uncredited, "My Man"
Be Yourself!1930performer: "When a Man Loves a Woman" 1930, "Cookin' Breakfast for the One I Love" 1930, "Is There Something the Matter with Otto Kahn?" 1930, "Kickin a Hole in the Sky" 1930, "It's Gorgeous to Be Graceful" 1930 - uncredited
My Man1928performer: "I'd Rather Be Blue Over You", "My Man", "Second Hand Rose", "If You Want the Rainbow You Must Have the Rain", "I'm an Indian", "I Was a Floradora Baby" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Goes to Town1938Short documentaryHerself
Night Club1929/IShortHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Panic Is On: The Great American Depression as Seen by the Common Man2009DocumentaryHerself - Singer (segment "Knitting Sweaters for the Unemployed")
Making Trouble2007DocumentaryHerself
Great Performances2003-2005TV SeriesHerself
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentary
American Masters1997TV Series documentaryHerself
The Great Standups1984TV Movie documentaryHerself
Almonds and Raisins1984DocumentaryHerself
Zelig1983Herself (uncredited)
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieTribute Montage
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975DocumentaryHerself
The Great Radio Comedians1972TV Movie documentaryFanny Brice
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHerself
The DuPont Show of the Week1961TV SeriesHerself
The Twentieth Century1961TV Series documentaryHerself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Small Fry1956ShortHerself (as Baby Snooks)
The Story of Will Rogers1952Fanny Brice (uncredited)
Paramount Headliner: Broadway Highlights No. 11935ShortFilm Clip Character

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6415 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRadioOn 8 February 1960. At 1500 Vine Street.


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#Quote
1You 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.
2There 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.
3[on Esther Williams] Wet, she's a star. Dry, she ain't.
4[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] 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 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.
5I 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?
6With Nick Arnstein, I was miserably happy. With Billy Rose, I was happily miserable.
7Men always fall for frigid women because they put on the best show.


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