Ziegfeld 101

A Gallery of Ziegfeld Girls

by John Kenrick

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Much has been said and written about the Ziegfeld Girls, those now legendary ladies of beauty, elegance and glamour. Here are some memorable images from the Musicals101 archives.

Billie BurkeZiegfeld never missed an opportunity to publicize his second wife, Billie Burke. Here she is on the playbill cover for Simple Simon – a show she had no connection with. More photos of her appeared inside, but you won't find one of the show's star, comedian Ed Wynn.
Marilyn MillerZiegfeld often found no-cost ways for his productions to promote each other. Marilyn Miller never appeared in Show Boat, but this portrait of her graced that musical's program cover. Billie Burke had a full page photo inside, but she could not have been thrilled to see her husband's sometime-mistress on the cover.
Follies of 1911As early as the 1911 Follies, Ziegfeld spoofed his own ideas of beauty and glamour. Note the object of this love struck beau's affections.
Katherine Burke (9823 bytes)Katherine Burke (no relation to Billie) crowned by one of the massive headdresses designer John Harkrider turned into a Follies trademark.
Lillian LorraineLillian Lorraine, who's heavy drinking and scandalous lifestyle took her from Follies stardom to destitution in her later years.
Mary Eaton (8095 bytes)When Marilyn Miller graduated from the Follies, toe dancer Mary Eaton took her place. Attractive and a superior dancer, she enjoyed immediate popularity.
Ziegfeld girls (15818 bytes)Jean Ackerman, Jean Audree, Myrna Darby and Evelyn Groves in costumes by John Herkrider -- some more revealing than others.
Dolores (7375 bytes)Ziegfeld had the lovely Dolores silently parade about the Follies stage in magnificent costumes -- including this much-admired lace fan which she wore in the Midnight Frolic. Remnants of  this delicate piece still exist in the Museum of the City of New York's costume collection.

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