- NAME: Fanny Brice
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Theater Actress, Comedian, Singer, Radio Personality
- BIRTH DATE: October 29, 1891
- DEATH DATE: May 29, 1951
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Los Angeles, California
- Full Name: Fania Borach
- AKA: Fannie Brice
- AKA: Fanny Brice
- AKA: Fanny Borach
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Fanny Brice was a popular American singer and comedian who was long associated with the Ziegfeld Follies. She was portrayed by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl.
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Though Brice was forced to return to comedy following her valiant but failed effort to take on more serious roles, her comedic return was triumphant. Transitioning to film in 1928, Brice became the first woman to star in a film with sound; she played the landmark role of Fannie Brand in the film My Man that year, though her performance didn't garner much appreciation. Brice went on to star in several more films, including Be Yourself! (1930) and The Great Ziegfeld (1936),
but she never gained the same stardom in front of the camera that many of her female counterparts managed to attain.
Unable to shake her connection to the Follies, Brice added to her repertoire of characters "Baby Snooks," a troubled toddler known for her tantrums. The character was a hit and became one of Brice's most well-known acts; in November 1938, she brought Baby Snooks to the airwaves, where the character became nationally known. Brice and her character remained on the radio until 1948, when Brice's contract ended. She returned to radio the following year, bring Baby Snooks with her, and continued performing her act on the radio waves for two years thereafter.
Not long after considering retirement, Fanny Brice suffered a stroke on May 24, 1951. The legendary actress and comedian died less than a week later, on May 29, 1951, in Los Angeles, California. She was 59 years old.
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