What Is Fanny Brice's Autobiography

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Janissa Saracino Musical Theater History October 21, 2009 Fanny Brice: The Journey of a 'Funny Girl' Comedienne, actress, radio star and mother, these were just some of the traits of the all around entertainer, Fanny Brice. She brought sparkle to the darkest songs and laughter to unknown depths. Starting as a vaudeville performer and working her way up to scale to a Zeigfield Follie was quite the journey for a lady to accomplish in a life. But somehow, someway Fanny got through it all and seemed to have a ripple effect on peoples lives. Even today, she is know known even if you don't know who she was. The creation of some of the most well-known songs and characters all bring it back to Fanny and her life story. Fanny has brought…show more content…
As a child Fanny's mother took her to every show they could get at and started her love for performing at a very young age. Even though she was the third of four children and had a drunk as a father, her mother still made time for Fanny and cheered her, on her journey to her dream. After winning an amateur talent contest at age 13 singing "When you know you're not forgotten by the girl you can't forget" at Keeney's Theater in Brooklyn. She then quit school at the age of 14 to become a performer on the "low-down" burlesque circuits. She later changed her name to Fanny Brice and got her first professional job in the chorus of The Talk of the Town but ironicely she got fired during rehearsals by the big current star George M. Cohen. Young Fanny was a strong fighter and didn't give up her dream of entertaining. She then finally landed a spot in The Trans-atlantic Burlesquers where she did an Irving Berlin song, "Sadie Salome, Go Home." She did this in a Yiddish dialect seeing that she looked the way she did. Although she was not Jewish, she quoted " In anything Jewish I ever did, I wasn't standing apart making fun. I was the race and what happened to me on stage is what could happen to my people. They identified with me, which make it all right to get a laugh." I completely adore this quote of Fanny. She brings out the right point to make about any acting. You should…show more content…
After the performance he made Fanny one of the well known 'Ziegfield Follies' for the 1910 edition and helped boost up her journey of becoming a star. If it wasn't for Ziegfield she would of still become a star, but publicity does make everything. Ziefield gave a twist to her. Instead of giving her the typical girly girl beautiful dress songs, he gave Fanny her signature song "My Man" She had done comedy throughout her career so far and now Ziegfield gives her a sad song to sing. I would of thought Ziegfield was loosing it, don't fix what's not broken. Although this was a bold decision, it turned out Fanny could in fact do it all. She had the audience in the palm of her hands with her long lagatto song about her man. This song has made her the unbelievable superstar she is today. Written by Maurice Yvain and lyrics by Channing Pollack, the song is about her man, that doesn't seem to be the best guy around but he's hers to keep and she loves him so. I love the popular music of back then compared to now because it's all the same. It's all about love, and how unhappy we are but somehow we manage to find happiness through the fight of wanting to be happy. I feel Brice had a very easy time doing this song, not just because she was a fabulous performer but because she had some of her own 'Man' problems of her

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