Billie Burke, known to many as the beautiful Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, was the only child of a famous circus clown. After her stage debut in London at eighteen, she was an overnight sensation. She went onto New York to become “the toast of Broadway” as a musical comedy star, as well as the wife of Florenz Ziegfeld himself. At the time of filming The Wizard of Oz in 1939, she was every bit of 53 years old, but as she said, “Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.” Throughout her lifetime, she appeared in more than 80 films and was said to be “the most photographed woman in the world.”
She is so lovely.