The ZIEGFELD Follies and The ZIEGFELD Frolic were the brain child of Florenz (Flo) ZIEGFELD, Jr. and ran for the most part from 1907 until 1927 in New York City. ZIEGFELD has often been called Broadway's greatest showman. In addition to the long running ZIEGFELD Follies revue he also produced the musical Show Boat. His shows featured beautiful women, elaborate costumes, and amazing sets.
His "ZIEGFELD girls" were regarded as the standard of beauty for their day. ZIEGFELD called himself the "glorifier of the American girl." My great aunt was one of his girls. Her name was Margaret Morris and family legend says she was discovered by ZIEGFELD dancing on a New York city street corner. I'm not so sure about that story, but somehow she was discovered.
This is a photograph of her taken by the famous ZIEGFELD photographer Alfred Chaney Johnston. I know he took a lot of nude photographs of other ZIEGFELD girls, but I've never seen one of Margaret. (She was a good Catholic girl.)
There were a couple of movies made about ZIEGFELD and his Follies, but they were made a long time ago. I would love to see a movie made today about the Follies. I can picture Tom Hanks in the role of Florenz ZIEGFELD. After watching this season of Dancing With The Stars I've decided Rumor Willis should play my aunt. I can picture in my mind the elaborate costumes and sets. The musical numbers, the dancing, etc., would be so entertaining along with some of their interesting background stories. Come on Hollywood...get busy!
Look at some of these costumes my aunt wore. This one was when they did some kind of balloon dance. I believe I heard one time that the gentlemen could pop the balloons on their costumes.
I think this picture was probably taken in the 1940's. Margaret was a member of the ZIEGFELD Club in her later years. I believe this is a picture of Margaret with her fellow ZIEGFELD Club members. Margaret is in the center of the first row with her arm around the older lady.
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Now get busy Hollywood. I'd like to see a movie and I'm not getting any younger.
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