The life of comedienne Fannie Brice, from her early days in the Jewish slums of the Lower East Side, to the height of her career with the Ziegfeld Follies, including her marriage to and eventual divorce from her first husband, Nick Arnstein.
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Admirers of William Wyler’s staging of dramatic scenes might compare the visual lines of tension the director establishes in the sofa-and-I’ll-see-you-to-the-door scene with the equivalent effect in The Letter back in 1940. Wyler has lost none of his impersonal expert-ness over the years. He and Barbra were well matched in their chilling professionalism.