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This review is from: Ziegfeld: The Man Who Invented Show Business (Hardcover)
A fine read that also provides great historical detail about the transitions from vaudeville to "legitimate theater" in New York. It's fascinating to read that the current midtown was really as uptown as you could reasonably want to travel. The great stars were emerging, but the great impresarios provided the vehicles, quite dazzling if you consider the primitive conditions for actors (theaters closed in the summer, and there was no amplification to hear thin voices as there is today). This is rich in detail and intrigue (Ziegfeld was a world-class womanizer). As for the stars, I'm reminded of a favorite quote I read somewhere from a starlet long ago: "A private railroad car is not an acquired taste. One gets used to it instantly."