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Billie Burke

Billie Burke
Billie Burke in Topper Returns (1941)
Personal information
Birth nameMary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke
Birth dateAugust 7, 1884
Place of birthWashington, D.C., U.S.
Date of deathMay 14, 1970(age 85)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1903 60
Spouse-Florenz Ziegfeld-1914-1932 (his death); 1 child

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Mary William Ethelbert Appleton "Billie" Burke (August 7, 1884 May 14, 1970) was an American actress. She is primarily known to modern audiences as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the musical film The Wizard of Oz. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Emily Kilbourne in Merrily We Live. Burke was also the wife of Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., of Ziegfeld Follies fame, from 1914 until his death.

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