After winning The Most Beautiful Girl in New York City contest in 1914, Olive Thomas’ life would change forever. Her win led her to become a popular artists and illustrators model and she appeared on numerous magazine covers including The Saturday Evening Post.
Her beauty captured the eye of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., and he hired her to perform in his wildly popular Ziegfeld Follies, and later his more risqué show The Midnight Frolic.
In 1916, she began a career in silent films. She also met and married Jack Pickford, the younger brother of silent film star Mary Pickford. Four years later, she died while on a second honeymoon with Pickford in Paris, France. News of her hospitalization and death were the subject of speculation in the press, and has been cited as one of the first publicized Hollywood scandals.
Was her death an accident? Suicide? Or Murder? The world may never know!
Famous funny lady, Fanny Brice, was one of the many stars who got her start in the Ziegfeld Follies.
Born with a gift for comedy, an excellent singing voice, and plenty of acting chops, Fanny Brice took the world by storm.
From humble beginnings and a less-than enviable love life, Fanny rose to mega-stardom. She will forever be remembered through two films made about her, Funny Girl and Funny Lady, starring the incomparable, Barbara Streisand.
You can learn more about this early 20th century dynamo in the video below. You can also read about her in this post I wrote in May! Enjoy!
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