Fanny Brice

October 29, 1891 – May 29, 1951

Legendary singer, actor and comedienne – or “funny girl” as it were – Fanny Brice was a stage and radio staple throughout the first half of the 20th century. Born Fania Borach in Manhattan, Brice worked her way up through the burlesque ranks and eventually began working with Flo Ziegfeld on his eponymous Follies shows. She broke through in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921 with the hit song “My Man.” She would go on to appear in future installments of the Follies on stage, film and radio. It was during said radio work where she created and debuted her most famous character, the mischievous Baby Snooks. Brice recorded dozens of records in addition to her ubiquitous radio appearances and worked alongside some of the greatest names in comedy of the era. Despite the popularity of Baby Snooks, Fanny was unable to transition the character to television successfully. In 1951, at the age of just 59, Fanny Brice suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died. She was originally interred at Home of Peace Cemetery in Los Angeles, but was eventually moved to Westwood following the death of her daughter in 1992. While popular in life, Brice’s legacy was solidified after her death with the 1964 Broadway musical about her life, Funny Girl, and its subsequent film version; in both of which she was famously portrayed by a young Barbra Streisand.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Just to the south of the Garden of Serenity section at the south end of the park there is a small gated section. Fanny is buried in the short pillar about 25 feet east of the gate.

 

 

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