BILLIE BURKE, BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1884

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Billie Burke in “The Wizard  of Oz”, she was 54 years old then

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Mary William Ethelbert Appleton "Billie" Burke (August 7, 1884 – May 14, 1970)

Burke gave the memorable performance as Glinda, the Good Witch, in the 1939
film, “The Wizard of Oz”. She hosted her talk show, At Home With Billie Burke, from
1951 to 1952. Before fame she toured with her father, who worked as a circus clown.

Burke was also the wife of Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., of Ziegfeld Follies fame, from 1914
until his death.


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Burke (r) being interviewed in 1949 by pioneer broadcaster Ruth Crane
Schaefer on ABC Radio affiliate WMAL.

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