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Published on Jan 31, 2009
Fania Borach aka Fanny Brice was born in New York City in 1891 of Hungarian Jewish parents. She was a comedienne, singer, theater and film actress, and recording artist. Fanny appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies from 1910 - 1930 and in the '21 Follies sang My Man which became her signature song. Here, she sings "When A Woman Loves A Man" from her 1930 film Be Yourself. Fanny was also the voice of the bratty Baby Snooks, one of the most successful radio shows of the 30s although she was over 40 years old when she created that character and voice. Fanny died in Hollywood in 1951. Barbra Streisand starred as Brice in the 1964 musical Funny Girl and 1968 film of that same name.
Appearing at 2:18 in this clip is Marjorie "Babe" Kane, cousin of Helen Kane-the real Betty Boop. Helen's little Chicago cousin Babe was actually more successful in the movie business appearing in 68 films from 1929-1951.