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William McGuire

b. William Anthony McGuire, 9 July 1881, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 16 Sept 1940, Beverly Hillsides, LA, California, USA. McGuire began his professional profession like a journalist but started composing sketches for musicals and revues, including Frivolities Of 1920. His potential was observed by Florenz Ziegfeld who asked him to create the libretto for Child Shoes (1923), a display featuring the very popular entertainer Eddie Cantor. For all of those other decade McGuire continued to be closely connected with Ziegfeld, offering materials for the 1924 release of the maker’s Ziegfeld Follies aswell No Foolin’ (1926). He also done Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s Betsy (1926), but moved up many actions to both create the libretto for and immediate Rosalie, which starred Marilyn Miller, Rudolph Friml’s The Three Musketeers and Whoopee!, another Cantor display. All three of the shows had been in 1928 and even though acclaimed and lucrative they marked the finish of his achievement. Either through exhaustion or a probably related drink issue, or a combined mix of both, McGuire’s work through the following couple of years was poor. After Display Lady (1929) and Ripples And Smiles (both 1930), that have been flops, he bowed out of directing for the stage. He didn’t completely sever his links either with Broadway or Ziegfeld, nevertheless, and in 1936 published the screenplay for THE FANTASTIC Ziegfeld that he was nominated unsuccessfully for an Oscar.

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