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Berkeley, Busbylocked

(29 November 1895–14 March 1976)
  • Frank W. D. Ries

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Berkeley, Busby (29 November 1895–14 March 1976), stage and film choreographer and director, was born Busby Berkeley William Enos in Los Angeles, California, the son of Francis Enos, a stage director, and Gertrude Berkeley, a character actress. Berkeley’s mother and father were associated with the Tim Frawley Repertory Company. Although they wanted to spare him the life of the theater, he soon joined them on stage. After his father’s death in 1902, Berkeley became devoted to his mother, who, until her own death in 1948, remained a strong influence on him. While his mother performed with ...

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