Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women

Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women is a 1978 television biopic based on the life of theater impresario Florenz Ziegfeld. It was directed by Buzz Kulik and stars Paul Shenar as Ziegfeld, Samantha Eggar as Billie Burke, Barbara Parkins as Anna Held, Walter Willison as Frank Carter, Catherine Jacoby (aka Loria Parker) as Fanny Brice, and Inga Swenson as Nora Bayes.[1][2] It was produced by Columbia Pictures (filmed at Warner's Burbank Studios) and first aired on NBC in May 1978. Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson, daughter of Ziegfeld and Billie Burke, was a consultant on the film. The film was nominated for several Emmy Awards for 1978 winning in the cinematography category, Gerald Finnerman.[3]

Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women
Written byJoanna Lee
Directed byBuzz Kulik
StarringPaul Shenar
Samantha Eggar
Barbara Parkins
Valerie Perrine
Inga Swenson
Music byRichard Benedictis
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerM. J. Frankovich
ProducerBuzz Kulik
Production locationsStage 16, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California
CinematographyGerald Perry Finnerman
EditorLes Green
Running time150 minutes
Production companiesFrankovich Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseMay 21, 1978 (1978-05-21)

The film has been shown in various versions. It originally aired on NBC, with commercials. It later showed up on Showtime cable in the 1980s without the commercial disruption which allowed a better flow of the episodic segments. Another truncated (shortened) version has appeared on Starz cable.


A chronicle of Florenz Ziegfeld's life from his earliest memories in Chicago, recounting the Fire of 1871 to the many luminaries he was connected to. The storyline is episodic with many of the key women in his life introducing segments in which they were involved with Ziegfeld, some for the better, some for the worst. Other important historical people include Bert Williams, Irving Berlin, Eddie Cantor, Charles Frohman and Nora Bayes.


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