Billie Burke


August 7, 1884 – May 14, 1970

Though a prolific stage, screen and radio actress, Mary William Ethelbert Appleton “Billie” Burke is remembered for two things:  1) she was married to legendary Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfeld and 2) she played Glinda the Good Witch in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz. Personally, I believe she should be remembered for her glorious birth name above all else.

Billie’s portrayal of Glinda has made her known for generations past and will continue to do so for generations to come.  All in all, not too shabby for someone with a name like “Ethelbert.”


Kensico Cemetery – Valhalla, NY

burke, billie - may 02 2010

Specific Location

Section 78; Just off of a circle in Powhattan Ave, behind the Roth mausoleum, there is a bronze statue of a woman with her hands on her knees, Billie and Florenz are buried in front of this statue



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