Fanny Brice

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Date of Birth October 29, 1891
Place of Birth New York City, New York
Date of Death May 29, 1951 (59)
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Fanny Brice

Fania Borach, known professionally as Fanny Brice or Fannie Brice, was an American comedienne, illustrated song model, singer, and theater and film actress who made many stage, radio, and film appearances. She is known as the creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series The Baby Snooks Show. Thirteen years after her death, Brice was portrayed on the Broadway stage by Barbra Streisand in the 1964 musical Funny Girl; Streisand also starred in its 1968 film adaptation, for which she won an Oscar, and in the 1975 sequel, Funny Lady.

Born: Fania Borach, October 29, 1891, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Died: May 29, 1951, Hollywood, California, U.S.
Years active: 1908-1951
Children: 2, including William
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About Fanny Brice

American comedian, singer, theater and film actress who was the creator and star of the radio comedy series, The Baby Snooks Show. She was known for her signature song "My Man", which she first sang in the 1921 Ziegfeld Follies. Thirteen years after her death she was the subject of the 1968 film Funny Girl.

Before Fame

She dropped out of school in 1908 to work in a burlesque revue. Two years later she met Florenz Ziegfeld, and soon she was headlining Ziegfeld Follies, where she worked from 1910 to 1911 before being hired again in 1920.


She received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for her 1921 recording of My Man.

Family Life

Her second husband, Julius Nicky Arnstein, served three years at Leavenworth penitentiary, and then disappeared when he was released. She had two children, Frances and William, with him and later married her third husband, Billy Rose, in 1929.


She was portrayed by Barbara Streisand in the Broadway musical Funny Girl.

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