Billie Burke

  1. Myrna Loy, The Great Ziegfeld, 1935.     Before Universal passed   passed the overly expensive project to mighty MGM, Florenz Ziegfeld’s widow had been booked to play herself.  Burke  had sold the biopic rights and made sure the Broadway colossus was seen in the finest light –  by cutting down on all his lovers! (PS: Among the Ziegfeld girls is Pat Ryan,  Richard Nixon’s future First Lady).
  2. Laura Hope Crews, Gone With The Wind, 1938.
  3.  Frances McDormand, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, 2008. From onegood book tp another… The Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz, 1939, was chosen forMiss Pettigrew after the book was published in 1938.Hitler had other ideas andthe Winifred Watson tome lay abandoned onstudio shelves for… for 70 years. 




 Birth year: 1885Death year: 1970Other name: Casting Calls:  3