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This is an ORIGINAL The PLAYGOER, the Magazine of the Theatre. It is the Official publication for Southern California.

This one is from the HUNTINGTON HARTFORD THEATRE, North Vine Street in Hollywood.

This program was used to promote Glinda, the Good Witch herself, MISS BILLIE BURKE, in the stage production of

THE MAN

a play by MEL DINELLI

An old woman takes an interest in the young man she has hired to clean her house, who turns out to have paranoid spells to the point of imprisoning the woman in her own house.

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MORE INFO ON BILLIE BURKE: Mary William Ethelbert Appleton "Billie" Burke (August 7, 1884 ? May 14, 1970) was an American actress primarily known to modern audiences for her role as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the musical film The Wizard of Oz.

Known as Billie Burke, she toured the U.S. and Europe with a circus because her father, Billy Burke, was employed with them as a singing clown. Her family ultimately settled in London where she was fortunate to see plays in London's historic West End.

She wanted to be a stage actress. In 1903, she began acting on stage, making her debut in

London, and eventually returning to America to become the toast of Broadway as a musical comedy star. She was praised by The New York Times for her charm and her brightness.

Thanks to her representation by famed producer Charles Frohman, Burke went on to play leads on Broadway in Mrs. Dot, Suzanne, The Runaway, The "Mind-the-Paint" Girl, and The Land of Promise from 1910 to 1913, along with a supporting role in the revival of Sir Arthur Wing Pinero?s The Amazons.

There she caught the eye of producer Florenz Ziegfeld, marrying him in 1914. In 1916, they had one daughter, Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson (1916-2008). Burke was quickly signed for the movies, making her film debut in the title role of Peggy (1916). She continued to appear on the stage, and sometimes she starred on the screen. She loved the stage more than movie-business, not only because it was her first love, but also because it allowed her to have speaking parts (impossible in silent movies). But when the family's savings were wiped out in the Crash of 1929, she had no choice but to return to the screen.

In 1932 Billie Burke made her Hollywood comeback, starring as Margaret Fairfield in A Bill of Divorcement, directed by George Cukor, though the film is better known as Katharine Hepburn's film debut (Burke played Hepburn's mother). Despite the death of Florenz Ziegfeld during the film's production, Billie Burke resumed filming shortly after his funeral.

In 1933, Burke was cast as Mrs. Millicent Jordan, a scatterbrained high-society woman hosting a dinner party in the comedy Dinner at Eight, directed by George Cukor, co-starring with Lionel Barrymore, Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Jean Harlow and Wallace Beery. The movie was a great success, and revived Burke's career. She subsequently starred in many comedies and musicals, typecast as a ditzy, fluffy and feather-brained upper-class matron due to her helium-filled voice.

In 1936, MGM filmed a biopic of her deceased husband (The Great Ziegfeld), a film that won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Actress (Luise Rainer as Ziegfeld's common-law wife, Anna Held). Instead, prominent actress Myrna Loy essayed the role of Burke. Coincidentally, Ray Bolger who was later cast as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (1939) also starred as himself in the movie.

In 1937 she appeared in the first of the Topper series of films, about a man haunted by two socialite ghosts (played by Cary Grant and Constance Bennett), in which she played the tremulous and daffy Clara Topper. Her performance as Emily Kilbourne in Merrily We Live (1938) resulted in her only Oscar nomination.

In 1938 (at age 53) she was chosen to play Glinda, "the Good Witch of the North", in the Oscar-winning seminal 1939 musical film The Wizard of Oz, directed by Victor Fleming, with Judy Garland. Another successful series followed with Father of the Bride (1950) and Father's Little Dividend (1951), both directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, and Elizabeth Taylor.

She wrote two autobiographies, both with Cameron Van Shippe, With a Feather on My Nose (Appleton 1949) and With Powder on My Nose (Coward McCann, 1959).

On CBS radio, The Billie Burke Show was heard on Saturday mornings from April 3, 1943 to September 21, 1946. Sponsored by Listerine, this situation comedy was initially titled Fashions in Rations during its first year. Portraying herself as a featherbrained Good Samaritan who lived "in the little white house on Sunnyview Lane", she always offered a helping hand to those in her neighborhood. She worked often in early television, appearing in the short-lived sitcom Doc Corkle (1952).

Burke tried to make a comeback on the New York stage. She starred in two short-lived productions: This Rock and Mrs. January and Mr. Ex. Although Burke got good reviews, the plays did not. She appeared in several plays in California as well, although her mind became clouded, and she had trouble remembering lines. In the late 1950s, her failing memory led to her retirement from show business, although her explanation for that was, "Acting just wasn't any fun anymore."

Her last screen appearance was in Sergeant Rutledge, a Western directed by John Ford in 1960.

Billie Burke died in Los Angeles, California of dementia, thought to be Alzheimer's and natural causes, aged 85, in 1970 and was interred at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, survived by her daughter, Patricia, and four grandchildren.

For many years, Burke's framed photo was displayed above the exit staircase at

New York's Ziegfeld Theatre, but it curiously vanished after renovations to it. However, an opening night program, bearing a picture of Burke, from her 1912 triumph The Mind The Paint Girl (Sir Arthur Wing Pinero) is still displayed in the lobby of the Lyceum Theatre in New York City.

Billie Burke was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885, in Washington, DC. As a child she toured the US and Europe with the circus because her father was employed with them as a clown (before motion pictures and after the stage, circuses were the biggest form of entertainment in the world). One could say that Billie was bred for show business. Her family ultimately settled in London, where she was fortunate to see plays in the city's historic West End, and decided she wanted to be a stage actress. At the age of 18 she made her stage and her career was off and running. Her performances were very well received and she became one of the most popular actresses to grace the stage. beckoned, and since New York City was now recognized as the stage capital of the world, it was there she would try her luck. Billie came to New York when she was 22 and her momentum didn't stop. She appeared in numerous plays and it was only a matter of time before she caught the eye of movie executives, which is exactly what happened. She made her film in the lead role in (1916). The film was a hit, but then again most films were, as the novelty of motion pictures hadn't worn off since (1903) at the turn of the century. Later that year she appeared in (1916). In between cinema work she would take her place on the stage because not only was it her first love, but at least she had speaking parts. Billie considered herself more than an actress--she felt she was an artist, too. She believed that the stage was a way to personally reach out to an audience, something that couldn't be done in pictures. In 1921 she appeared as Elizabeth Banks in (1921), then she retired. She had wed impresario of the famed Ziegfeld Follies and, with investments in the stock market, there was no need to work. What they didn't plan on was "Black October" in 1929. Their stock investments were wiped out in the crash which precipitated the Great Depression, and Billie had no choice but to return to the screen. Movies had become even bigger than ten years earlier, especially since the introduction of sound. Her first role of substance was as Margaret Fairlfield in (1932). As an artist she loved the fact that she had dialog, but she had to work even harder because her husband had died the same year as her speaking - and work she did. One of her career highlights came as Mrs. Millicent Jordan in 's (1933), co-starring , , and - heady company to be sure, but Billie turned in an outstanding performance as Mrs. Jordan, the scatterbrained wife of a man whose shipping company is in financial trouble and who was trying to get someone to loan his company money to help stave off financial disaster. Her character loved to give dinner parties because a dinner affair at the Jordans had a reputation among New York blueblood society as the highlight of the season. With all the drama and intrigue going on around her, her main concern is that she is one man short of having a full seating arrangement. The film was a hit and once again Billie was back on top. In 1937 she had one of her most fondly remembered roles in (1937), a film that would ultimately spin off two sequels, and all three were box-office hits. In 1938 Billie received her first and only Academy nomination for her portrayal of Emily Kilbourne in (1938). This was probably the best performance of her screen career, but she was destined to be immortalized forever in the classic (1939). At 54 years of age - and not looking anywhere near that old - she played Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. The 1940s saw Billie busier than ever; she made 25 films between 1940 and 1949. She made only six in the 1950s, as her aging became noticeable. She was 75 when she made her final screen appearance as Cordelia Fosgate in (1960). Billie retired for good and lived in Los Angeles, where she died of natural causes on May 14, 1970, at the age of 84.

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BILLIE BURKE The PLAYGOER Original MAN Theatre PROGRAM
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