Ziegfeld Girls: Barbara Stanwyck


Barbara Stanwyck (July 16, 1907 – January 20, 1990) who had a 60-year career as an actress, made 85 films in 38 years in Hollywood, before turning to television. She was a favorite of legendary directors such as Cecil B. DeMille, Fritz Lang and Frank Capra among others. When Stanwyck was sixteen she went to work as a dancer in the 1922 and 1923 seasons of the Ziegfeld Follies.

Barbara Stanwyck – Ziegfeld Girl (photo by Alfred Cheney Johnston, ca. 1924)

Ziegfeld Girls: Gloria Swanson


Gloria Swanson was one of the most prominent stars during the silent film era as both an actress and a fashion icon. Swanson was nominated for the first Academy Award in the Best Actress category and had an acting career in theatre, film, and television that spanned sixty years.

Gloria Swanson when she was a Ziegfeld Girl  – Circa early 1920’s (photo by Alfred Cheney Johnston) 

Ziegfeld Girls: Billie Dove – The American Beauty


Billie Dove, the beautiful silent film actress nicknamed
“The American Beauty”, got her start as a Ziegfeld girl.

Billie Dove got her first taste of fame as a Ziegfeld Girl c.1919-1920