Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. Is Born
Legendary showman Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., impresario behind what became known as the Ziegfeld Follies, was born on March 21, 1869 (possibly 1867), in Chicago, Illinois.
Ziegfeld 's first entertainment triumph centered on the Great Sandow. Eugen Sandow was a strongman and early weight lifter who had developed a reputation in Europe with demonstrations of his impressive strength. After becoming Sandow's manager in 1893, Ziegfeld whisked him off to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where his physical prowess and imposing physique captured the imagination of the public to such a degree that he and Ziegfeld toured the country for several years afterwards. Sandow became an influential bodybuilder and proponent of physical training.
Florenz "Flo" Ziegfeld, Jr. (March 21, 1867 – July 22, 1932) was an American Broadway impresario. He is best known for his series of theatrical revues, the Ziegfeld Follies (1907-1931), inspired by the Folies Bergères of Paris. He was known as the "glorifier of the American girl".
Ziegfeld was born in Chicago to German immigrant parents. His father, Florenz Ziegfeld, Sr., ran a successful College of Music. Ziegfeld's first foray into entertainment was at the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, where he managed the strongman, Eugen Sandow. His stage spectaculars, known as the Ziegfeld Follies, began with Follies of 1907 and were produced annually until 1931. These extravaganzas, with elaborate costumes and sets, featured beauties chosen personally by Ziegfeld in production numbers choregraphed to the works of prominent composers such as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Jerome Kern.