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Billie Burke is a Actor American born on 7 august 1884 at Washington, D.C. (USA)

Billie Burke

Billie Burke
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Birth name Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke
Nationality USA
Birth 7 august 1884 at Washington, D.C. (USA)
Death 15 may 1970 (at 85 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Mary William Ethelbert Appleton "Billie" Burke (August 7, 1884 – May 14, 1970) was an American actress, famous on Broadway and in early silent film, but is primarily known to modern audiences as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the movie musical The Wizard of Oz. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1938 for her performance as Emily Kilbourne in Merrily We Live and is also remembered for her appearances in the Topper series. Billie Burke was the wife of Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., of Ziegfeld Follies fame, from 1914 until his death in 1932. Her voice was unique in intonation, which she accentuated in her later character roles as dim-witted, spoiled society types.


Burke resided in Beverly Hills, California. She died in Los Angeles of natural causes on May 14, 1970, at the age of 85 and was interred at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York. At the time of her death, she was survived by her daughter, Patricia (now deceased), and four grandchildren.

Best films

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Usually with

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Cedric Gibbons
(14 films)
Adolph Zukor
Adolph Zukor
(13 films)
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
(13 films)
Jesse L. Lasky
Jesse L. Lasky
(10 films)
(9 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Billie Burke (79 films)

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That's Entertainment! III, 1h53
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities, Musical films, Documentary films about films
Actors Gene Kelly, June Allyson, Cyd Charisse, Lena Horne, Howard Keel, Esther Williams
Roles (archive footage)
Rating75% 3.7902053.7902053.7902053.7902053.790205
Troisième volet de "Il était une fois Hollywood", "That's Entertainment III" nous propose un nouveau panorama de l'age d'or de la MGM mais aussi des chutes rarissimes, des séquences coupées lors de la sortie des films et des essais d'autres stars que celles qui furent finalement choisies.
Sergeant Rutledge, 1h51
Directed by John Ford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Crime, Western
Themes Films about racism
Actors Woody Strode, Jeffrey Hunter, Constance Towers, Billie Burke, Juano Hernández, Willis Bouchey
Roles Mrs. Cordelia Fosgate
Rating73% 3.6959353.6959353.6959353.6959353.695935
The film revolves around the court-martial of 1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge (Strode), a "Buffalo Soldier" of the 9th U.S. Cavalry. His defense is handled by Lt. Tom Cantrell (Hunter), Rutledge's troop officer. The story is told through a series of flashbacks, expanding the testimony of witnesses as they describe the events following the murder of Rutledge's Commanding Officer, Major Dabney, and the rape and murder of Dabney's daughter, for which Rutledge is the accused.
Pepe (1960)
, 3h15
Directed by Walter Hill, George Sidney
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Cantinflas, Dan Dailey, Shirley Jones, Janet Leigh, Carlos Montalbán, Vicki Trickett
Roles Billie Burke
Rating55% 2.7634852.7634852.7634852.7634852.763485
Mario Moreno ("Cantinflas") is Pepe, a hired hand, employed on a ranch. A boozing Hollywood director, Mr. Holt, buys a white stallion that belongs to Pepe's boss. Pepe, determined to get the horse back (as he considers it his family), decides to take off to Hollywood. There he meets film stars including Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, Zsa Zsa Gabór, Bing Crosby, Maurice Chevalier and Jack Lemmon in drag as Daphne from Some Like It Hot. He is also surprised by things that were new in America at the time, such as automatic swinging doors. When he finally reaches the man who bought the horse, he is led to believe there is no hope of getting it back. However Mr. Holt offers him a job when he realizes the Pepe brings new life to the stallion. Now his luck is changing and in Las Vegas Pepe wins big money, enough that Mr. Hold lets him be the producer of his next movie. Most of the movie centers around his meeting Shirley Jones who plays an actress on hard times and hating the world. Just like with the stallion, Pepe brings out the best in Shirley Jones and helps her become a big star in a movie made by Mr. Holt. Shirley Jones does a great job both as a dancer and singing the lead song called "Pepe." For those who love movies that are set in Acapulco, Mexico, this one has great appeal and beautiful scenery. The last scene shows both him and the stallion back at the ranch with several foals.
The Young Philadelphians, 2h16
Directed by Vincent Sherman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Paul Newman, Barbara Rush, Alexis Smith, Robert Vaughn, Brian Keith, Diane Brewster
Roles Mrs. J. Arthur Allen
Rating74% 3.746743.746743.746743.746743.74674
Newlywed Kate Judson Lawrence (Diane Brewster) is distraught to discover on her wedding night that her upper class Philadelphia Main Line husband, William Lawrence III (Adam West), is unable to consummate their marriage for unspecified reasons. After he leaves her on that night, she seeks comfort from longtime working class friend Mike Flanagan (Brian Keith). The next day, Kate learns that William died in a car wreck. She gives birth to a son, Anthony Judson "Tony" Lawrence, and raises him in genteel poverty.
Small Town Girl, 1h32
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Jane Powell, Farley Granger, Ann Miller, S.Z. Sakall, Billie Burke, Robert Keith
Roles Mrs. Livingston
Rating62% 3.148333.148333.148333.148333.14833
Rick Belrow Livingston (Farley Granger), in love with self-obsessed Broadway star Lisa (Ann Miller), is sentenced to 30 days in jail for speeding through a small town. Quite by accident, he meets the daughter of the judge, Cindy Kimbell (Jane Powell). He persuades her to let him out for one night, so that he can visit Lisa on the premise he is seeing his "poor sick mother" (Billie Burke) on her birthday. After tracking him down and bringing him back to town, Cindy starts to fall for Livingston, but Dr. Schlemmer (S.Z. Sakall) wants her to marry his son (Bobby Van) even though he desperately wants a career on Broadway.
Father's Little Dividend, 1h22
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about families
Actors Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor, Billie Burke, Moroni Olsen
Roles Doris Dunstan
Rating65% 3.2989753.2989753.2989753.2989753.298975
In this sequel to Father of the Bride, newly married Kay Dunstan (Elizabeth Taylor) announces that she and her husband are going to have a baby, leaving her father, Stanley Banks (Spencer Tracy), having to come to grips with becoming a grandfather.
Three Husbands, 1h18
Directed by Irving Reis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Eve Arden, Ruth Warrick, Vanessa Brown, Howard Da Silva, Shepperd Strudwick, Robert Karnes
Roles Mrs. Jenny Bard Whittaker
Rating57% 2.8607852.8607852.8607852.8607852.860785
When a recently deceased playboy, Max, gets to heaven, he is granted a wish. His request: to watch his three best friends, with whom he regularly played poker, for the next 24 hours. That day, each man would receive a letter; tomorrow, Max's will is to be read. Each letter states that he had an affair with that man's wife, all of with whom he was close. With one, Max attended Friday symphony matinees and had tea afterwards; with another, he went to night clubs and taught French; the last, he repeatedly hired as his nurse through his long battle with heart disease.
Father of the Bride, 1h32
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about families, Films about marriage
Actors Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor, Billie Burke, Leo G. Carroll
Roles Doris Dunstan
Rating71% 3.5984953.5984953.5984953.5984953.598495
Following the wedding of his daughter Kay (Elizabeth Taylor), Stanley T. Banks (Spencer Tracy), a suburban lawyer, recalls the day, three months earlier, when he first learned of Kay's engagement to Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor). At the family dinner table, Kay's casual announcement that she is in love with Buckley and has accepted his proposal makes Stanley feel uneasy, but he soon comes to realize that his daughter has grown up and the wedding is inevitable. While Ellie (Joan Bennett), Kay's mother, immediately begins making preparations for the wedding, Stanley lies awake at night, fearing the worst for his daughter.
The Barkleys of Broadway, 1h49
Directed by Charles Walters
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Oscar Levant, Billie Burke, Betty Blythe, Gale Robbins
Roles Mme Livingston Belney
Rating69% 3.497633.497633.497633.497633.49763
Josh and Dinah Barkley (Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) are a husband-and-wife musical comedy team at the peak of their careers. After finishing a new show, Dinah meets serious French playwright Jacques Pierre Barredout (Jacques François), who suggests that Dinah should take up dramatic acting. Dinah tries to keep the suggestion a secret from Josh, but when he finally discovers Dinah hiding a script for Jacques' new show from him, the couple splits up.
Breakfast in Hollywood, 1h30
Directed by Harold D. Schuster
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical
Actors Bonita Granville, Beulah Bondi, Raymond Walburn, Billie Burke, Zasu Pitts, Hedda Hopper
Roles Mrs. Frances Cartwright
Rating58% 2.907552.907552.907552.907552.90755
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The Bachelor's Daughters, 1h28
Directed by Andrew L. Stone
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Gail Russell, Claire Trevor, Ann Dvorak, Adolphe Menjou, Billie Burke, Jane Wyatt
Roles Molly Burns
Rating66% 3.3227353.3227353.3227353.3227353.322735
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