Billie Burke

Actor, Author
Glamorous light comedienne who, in the midst of a successful Broadway career, entered films at the behest of Thomas Ince in 1916. After a period away from films, Burke returned to features in the early 1930s in ... Read more »
Born: 08/06/1884 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

Sergeant Rutledge 1960 (Movie)

Mrs Fosgate (Actor)

The Young Philadelphians 1958 (Movie)

Mrs J Arthur Allen (Actor)

Small Town Girl 1953 (Movie)

(Actor)

And Baby Makes Three 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Man Who Came to Dinner 1941 (Movie)

Daisy Stanley (Actor)

They All Kissed the Bride 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

Irene 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Eternally Yours 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Wizard of Oz 1938 (Movie)

Glinda--The Good Witch of the North (Actor)

Topper Takes a Trip 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Merrily We Live 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Young in Heart 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bride Wore Red 1936 (Movie)

Contessa de Meina (Actor)

Topper 1936 (Movie)

Mrs. Topper (Actor)

After Office Hours 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Becky Sharp 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Christopher Strong 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dinner at Eight 1932 (Movie)

Mrs. Oliver Jordan (Actor)

A Bill of Divorcement 1931 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Eve's Daughter 1917 (Movie)

Irene Simpson-Bates (Actor)

Away Goes Prudence (Movie)

Prudence Thorne (Actor)

Breakfast in Hollywood (Movie)

Mrs. Cartwright (Actor)

Craig's Wife (Movie)

Mrs. Frazier (Actor)

Doubting Thomas (Movie)

Paula Brown (Actor)

Dulcy (Movie)

Eleanor Forbes (Actor)

Everybody Sing (Movie)

Diana Bellaire (Actor)

Father of the Bride (Movie)

Mrs. Doris Dunstan (Actor)

Father's Little Dividend (Movie)

Mrs. Doris Dunstan (Actor)

Finishing School (Movie)

Mrs. Radcliff (Actor)

Forsaking All Others (Movie)

Paula (Actor)

Gildersleeve on Broadway (Movie)

Mrs. Chandler (Actor)

Glorifying the American Girl (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Hi Diddle Diddle (Movie)

Mrs. Prescott (Actor)

Hullabaloo (Movie)

Penny Merriweather (Actor)

In This Our Life (Movie)

Lavinia Timberlake (Actor)

My American Wife (Movie)

Mrs. Robert Cantillon (Actor)

Navy Blue and Gold (Movie)

Mrs. Alyce Gates (Actor)

Only Yesterday (Movie)

Julia Warren (Actor)

Parnell (Movie)

Clara (Actor)

Peggy (Movie)

Peggy Cameron (Actor)

Remember (Movie)

Mrs. Bronson (Actor)

The Bachelor's Daughters (Movie)

Molly (Actor)

The Barkleys of Broadway (Movie)

Mrs. Livingston Belney (Actor)

The Ghost Comes Home (Movie)

Cora Adams (Actor)

Three Husbands (Movie)

Mrs. Whittaker (Actor)

Topper Returns (Movie)

Mrs. Topper (Actor)

Zenobia (Movie)

Mrs. Tibbitt (Actor)

Biography

Glamorous light comedienne who, in the midst of a successful Broadway career, entered films at the behest of Thomas Ince in 1916. After a period away from films, Burke returned to features in the early 1930s in character roles. She is perhaps best known as Glinda, the Good Witch of the East, in the timeless "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). Burke enjoyed great popularity as a featured player over the next two decades, often playing dithery, aristocratic types. Married to impresario Florenz Ziegfeld from 1914 until his death in 1932.

Relationships

Dorothy Arzner Director

Companion

William Burke

Father

Florenz Ziegfeld

Husband
married from 1914 until his death in 1932

Milestones

1960

Appeared in last film, "Pepe"

1939

Played Glinda in "The Wizard of Oz"

1932

Returned to feature acting; played character roles for the rest of her career, beginning with "A Bill of Divorcement"

1916

Film debut, "Peggy"

1914

Married Florenz Ziegfeld

1903

Stage acting debut

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