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Also Known As: Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke Died: May 14, 1970
Born: August 7, 1884 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: actor, author

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Glamorous light comedienne who, in the midst of a successful Broadway career, entered films at the behest of Thomas Ince in 1916. After a period away from films, Burke returned to features in the early 1930s in character roles. She is perhaps best known as Glinda, the Good Witch of the East, in the timeless "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). Burke enjoyed great popularity as a featured player over the next two decades, often playing dithery, aristocratic types. Married to impresario Florenz Ziegfeld from 1914 until his death in 1932.

Glamorous light comedienne who, in the midst of a successful Broadway career, entered films at the behest of Thomas Ince in 1916. After a period away from films, Burke returned to features in the early 1930s in character roles. She is perhaps best known as Glinda, the Good Witch of the East, in the timeless "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). Burke enjoyed great popularity as a featured player over the next two decades, often playing dithery, aristocratic types. Married to impresario Florenz Ziegfeld from 1914 until his death in 1932.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Pepe (1961)
2.
 Sergeant Rutledge (1960) Cordelia Fosgate
3.
 The Young Philadelphians (1959) Mrs. J. Arthur Allen
4.
 Small Town Girl (1953) Mrs. Livingston
5.
 Father's Little Dividend (1951) Doris Dunstan
6.
 Boy from Indiana (1950) Zelda Bagley
7.
 Three Husbands (1950) The Mother-in-Law [Jenny Bard Whittaker]
8.
 Father of the Bride (1950) Mrs. Doris Dunstan
9.
 And Baby Makes Three (1949) Mrs. Fletcher
10.
 The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) Mrs. Livingston Belney
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1903:
Stage acting debut
1914:
Married Florenz Ziegfeld
1916:
Film debut, "Peggy"
1932:
Returned to feature acting; played character roles for the rest of her career, beginning with "A Bill of Divorcement"
1939:
Played Glinda in "The Wizard of Oz"
1960:
Appeared in last film, "Pepe"
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husband:
Florenz Ziegfeld. Theatrical producer. Married from 1914 until his death in 1932.
companion:
Dorothy Arzner. Director.

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father:
William Burke. Singing clown.

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"With a Feather on My Nose"
"With Powder on My Nose"

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