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Author Ristaino, Cassandra, author.
Title Ziegfeld girls : beauty versus talent / by Cassandra Ristaino.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2012.

 Electronic Book  PN1657 .Z95 2012 R57eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (vii, 90 pages) : photographs, facsimiles.
Content Type still image
Format online resource
File Characteristics text file PDF
Thesis M.A. California State University, Northridge 2012.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 75-81).
Summary This thesis investigates the progression of female images on the stage with specific reference to the women fostered by Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. It posits that Ziegfeld was responsible for a patriarchal construction of ideal female as commodity for male fantasy and consumption and exploited this idea to market his Broadway revue, Ziegfeld Follies. This notion is examined through a liberal and material feminist framework supported by the theories of Sue-Ellen Case and Naomi Wolf. Ziegfeld's progression from manager to selling ideal women rather than talented actresses, singers or dancers is investigated. The careers of Anna Held, Lillian Lorraine, Bessie McCoy, Vera Maxwell, Dolores, Paulette Goddard, Marilyn Miller and Fanny Brice are analyzed. These women's skills as actresses are addressed with consideration for their beauty used as a means to make them famous by Ziegfeld. Lastly the audience is appraised as white, middle to upper class patrons who were mostly anti-suffrage. This thesis puts forward that Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. kept women in a place of little power by promoting their beauty and never their talent, grouping the chorus girls as one entity rather than individuals and satirizing the suffragettes in many editions of Follies.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on June 01, 2012).
Subject Ziegfeld, Flo, 1869-1932.
Theater and society -- History -- 20th century.
Actresses -- United States -- 20th century -- Biography.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Theatre.
OCLC number 849911450