Radio stars (July 1933)

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RADIO STARS THE WORLD (Right) Fanny and the two children of her second marriage—her disastrous matrimonial experience. The children are Frances, thirteen, and William, eleven. (Left) With George Olsen and his orchestra during her broadcast. (Below) Fanny's great heart, miraculously enough, has not been hardened by her bitter experiences. Such unhappiness as Fanny Brice reaped from her famous marriage would be enough to turn most women forever against romance See her! Paralyzed for a moment, staring across the bright bulbs at her feet, hearing her name snouted from a nearby seat, hearing applause. Newsboy friends in the audience were clapping for her. She sang, without ac- companiment, without preparation, without thinking of anything but singing a song and slinking away where she would never again have to face an audience. ". . . When you know you're not forgotten By the girl you can't forget. . . ." Well, it won the $5.00 that night—and launched Fannie Borach (that's her real name) upon a star-spangled career. Another scene: she is a chorus girl in a burlesque troupe. How she has worked for the job! One manager, promising to train her as an actress, had carried her along with his show and forced her to sweep dressing rooms, wash floors, press dresses, and clean clothes. At no salary, mind you, except the twenty-five cents allotted each day for food. She had sung through twenty shows a day in a nickelodeon, played the piano, taken tickets, sold tickets, and painted signs ... all for the magnificent sum of $1.00 a day. (Continued on page 4$) 31