Ziegfeld and His Follies Book Giveaway (May)

“Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway’s Greatest Producer”
Book Giveaway

It’s time for our next book giveaway! CMH is happy to say that we will be giving away FIVE COPIES of  “Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway’s Greatest Producer by Sara and Cynthia Brideson, courtesy of University Press of Kentucky on paperback, from now through June 9.

Ziegfeld and his Follies by Sara and Cynthia Brideson

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, June 9 at 9PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on five different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • May 12: One Winner
  • May 19: One Winner
  • May 26: One Winner
  • June 2: One Winner
  • June 9: One Winner

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub, the day after each winner is picked at 10PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner on Sunday May 13 at 9PM EST on Twitter. And, please note that you don’t have to have a Twitter account to enter; just see below for the details (in which case we will contact the winner by email)…

If you want to learn more about the book, you can read our Exclusive Interview with authors Sara and Cynthia here.

Florenz Ziegfeld in 1927
Ziegfeld in 1927


ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, June 9 at 9PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

Florenz Ziegfeld was an American Broadway impresario, probably best known for the Ziegfeld FolliesShow Boat, and as being the “glorifier of the American girl”. What comes to mind when you think of the Great Florenz Ziegfeld? 

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message*:
Just entered to win “Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway’s Greatest Producer” courtesy of @KentuckyPress @ClassicMovieHub & @saraandcynthia #CMHContest link: http: http://ow.ly/rGhw30jRrcp

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

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About the Book: In this definitive biography, authors Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson offer a comprehensive look at both the life and legacy of the famous producer. Drawing on a wide range of sources―including Ziegfield’s previously unpublished letters to his second wife, Billie Burke (who later played Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz), and to his daughter Patricia―the Bridesons shed new light on this enigmatic man. They provide a lively and well-rounded account of Ziegfeld as a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a lover, and an alternately ruthless and benevolent employer. Lavishly illustrated with over seventy-five images, this meticulously researched book presents an intimate and in-depth portrait of a figure who profoundly changed American entertainment.


Click here for the full contest rules. 

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

Good Luck!

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase the on amazon via the below link (click on image):


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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31 Responses to Ziegfeld and His Follies Book Giveaway (May)

  1. Bruce Baldwin says:

    Two things come to mind when I think of Flo Ziegfeld: first, the excellent movie based on his life that featured Don Ameche, Galand, and an ensemble cast of first-rate stars playing in vignettes about his life; and, second, Glenda, the Good Witch in the Wizard of Oz, since she was played by Billie Burke, the wife of Flo Ziegfeld.

  2. Bob Stein says:

    Of course the first thing to come to mind about Ziegfeld is the MGM film “The Great Ziegfeld”(1936) which like film bios of that period glossed over the lives of those portrayed. I think of Ziegfeld though as someone with an extraordinary eye and ear for talent e.g., Fanny Brice, Will Rogers, Eddie Cantor, Helen Morgan etc. Ziegfeld was the ultimate showman.

  3. The opening years of the 20th century was incredibly vibrant time in show business.
    Between film, theater and stage, much of what we have today, we inherited from those years. Ziegfeld’s imagination and commitment to lush productions have hardly been eclipsed since. Many of the most talented performers of the century found a showcase with Ziegfeld. Reading a comprehensive history of the man and his work would be a treat (and excellent research!).

  4. Billy Slobin says:

    When thinking of Flo Ziegfield I 1st think of musicals and tremendous pageantry and then of Billie Burke (one of his wives) I am a HUGE fan of hers asd well
    I’d sure love to win/read this book 🙂

  5. Cher Bibler says:

    I am embarrassed to say that when I was young and impressionable, I saw Funny Girl and I have been fascinated with the real Fanny Brice and the era ever since. So the first that popped into my mind was Funny Girl……

  6. Javier Valverde says:

    What comes to mind when I think of the Great Florenz Ziegfeld is his Ziegfeld Girls and his Ziegfeld Follies and how that transformed the American entertainment industry of the early 20th Century.

  7. Carl says:

    The first thing that comes to mind for me are the wonderful images of the “Follies” that I’ve seen over the years. They must have been spectacular productions, it would have been a lot of fun to attend, I’m sure. Thanks for this chance to win this wonderful book by the brilliant Cynthia and Sara Brideson.

  8. Gloria Elizabeth says:

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

    Ziegfield brings to mind MGM’s luscious 1945 ZIEGFIELD FOLLIES and indelible memories of Lucille Ball in that eye-popping pink feather dress snapping her whip to set the panther-ladies dancing.

  9. steve carmody says:

    I’ve seen the Hollywood biographies, now I want to know the real story

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  10. Nick Carr says:

    The Ziegfeld girls of course 🙂 gorgeous!

  11. Sara Stewart says:

    The movie on his life and how he brought glamour to live shows

  12. Christine Hallet says:

    By reading the bio of actors and actresses , you begin to understand what an influence he had. Many of them started or starred in his shows including Marion Davies, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell, Eric Blore. Besides the comedians such as W. C. Fields Olson and Johnson and Fanny Brice. Then there is great Ruth Etting and fab designs by Erté.

  13. Nancy says:

    Other than the Ziegfeld Follies, I think of the beautiful Ziegfeld Theatre which was sadly demolished in 1966.

  14. Of course, Ziegfeld is famous for all the pretty girls in scanty costumes that he immortalized. But I think of him as the man who made will Rogers a star.

  15. THOMAS says:


  16. Sarah Packard says:

    I actually think of the musical ‘The Will Rogers Follies’, cuz Ziegfeld was a character in it! 🙂 (And of course, I also think of the musical ‘Follies’…) And, I remember how the New Amsterdam Theatre, now home of ‘Aladdin’, was once his theatre.

  17. Tonya Nottingham says:

    I think first of class when I think of Mr. Ziegfeld. A pure representation of the roaring 20’s. The parties.. full of happiness. The beautiful girls in their elaborate, sexy costumes, a sign of changing times and women’s rights. The dancing… pure seduction. A reminder of a time so far away but yet so dearly loved. What would he world today have been without someone as creative as Mr. Ziegfeld. Thank you…

  18. Stuart Cook says:

    Flo Ziegfeld brought the world SHOWBOAT, perhaps the greatest musical ever staged. He also personified the 1920’s with his stylized shows and show girls.
    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  19. Amy Wagers says:

    The Ziegfield girls have inspired so much of what I love in art and design. These musicals have been part of my life since I was a child. I would just devour classic films imagining I was wearing the gorgeous clothing, lounging in those glamourous apartments and sipping martinis before I knew what a martini was. In fact, it was the first drink I ever ordered at a bar. Ziegleild informed so much of my taste and style. And, even though that first martini was kind of gross, I do enjoy them now…dirty, with olives.

  20. William Duane Cox says:

    Ziegfeld, to me, is best known for beautiful women in fabulous costumes ! Twitter @crabber1967.

  21. When I think of Flo Ziegfeld, I think of the most beautiful women to ever appear in theater, classy eroticism, Art Deco and really funny personalities like Eddie Cantor, Fannie Brice and Will Rogers.

  22. Daniel Shaw says:

    Fanny Brice, Will Rogers, Bert Williams; sand Luise Rainer on the telephone.

  23. Joan O’Malley says:

    Master of the extravaganza with beautiful showgirls, costumes and finding the best talent of his time. Sounds like his personal life was as intriguing as his shows!

  24. Randy W. Williamson says:

    I remember seeing the character of Flo Ziegfeld in the movie “I’ll See You In My Dreams” – 1951 film starring Doris Day. Also the 1946 film “The Ziegfeld Follies”, which was very good! Love to read about Mr. Ziegfeld.

  25. Kevin Maher says:

    I think of the great many actresses that Zeigfeld gave their start to, most notably my tow favorites: Barbara Stanwyck & Joan Blondell!

  26. josie kline says:

    The beautiful Billie Burke. I can only imagine the grand life the two shared. <3

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