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Fanny Brice

Fanny Brice was a United States comedian, singer, and entertainer.

Fanny Brice was the stage name of Fania Borach, born in New York City, the third child of relatively well-off saloon owners of Hungarian Jewish decent. In 1908, she dropped out of school to work in a burlesque review. She is best known for her association with Florenz Ziegfeld, and headlined his Ziegfield Follies starting in 1910 and continuing into the 1930s.

In the 1921 Follies she was featured singing the tango My Man, which became a big hit and was much associated with Brice in the United States for many years. She made phonograph records of it and appeared singing it in sound film.

During the late 1930s, she had her own radio show which featured her as a bratty toddler known as Baby Snooks.

Best known as a comic, Brice was a multitalented performer, able to sing songs humorously or with great serious emotion. She was a master at both verbal and physical comedy.

Fanny Brice died in Hollywood, California.

A Hollywood biopic of Brice appeared in 1939 entitled Rose of Washington Square. Barbra Streisand made two movies that were (very) loosely based upon the life of Fanny Brice: Funny Girl and Funny Lady.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Fanny Brice Facts

Birth NameFanny Borach
OccupationActress, Musician, Comedian
BirthdayOctober 29, 1891
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Date of deathMay 29, 1951 (age 59)
Height5' 6" (1m68)  How tall is Fanny Brice compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Ziegfeld Follies
The Great Ziegfeld
The Great American Songbook
Best Picture Oscar Collection
Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women
Be Yourself
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