Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson

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Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson
Patricia Ziegfeld (center) with her parents
in 1930
Born Patricia Burke Ziegfeld
(1916-10-23)October 23, 1916
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died April 11, 2008(2008-04-11) (aged 91)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Congestive heart failure
Spouse(s) William Robert Stephenson
(m. 1939; d. 2007)
Children 4
Parent(s) Florenz Ziegfeld
Billie Burke

Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson (October 23, 1916 – April 11, 2008) was an American author.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Portrait photograph of Patricia Ziegfeld, 1919

Patricia Ziegfeld was born in New York City in 1916 to Florenz Ziegfeld and Billie Burke.[2] She grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester County, New York. She also lived at the family's home in Palm Beach, Florida.[1]

Her father died in 1932 and she moved to California with her mother. She attended UCLA then did some acting and writing for newspapers.[1][2]


She married William Robert Stephenson, Sr. (1912-2007) on June 11, 1939.[3][4][5] She met Stephenson while he was working as a dance instructor at the Beverly Hills Hotel.[1] He designed homes including the General Electric show home for Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan.[1] They had four children: Cecilia Duncan Stephenson, Florenz Crossley Stephenson, Susan Plemons Stephenson, and William Robert Stephenson, Jr.[1][2]

In 1963 she published an autobiography, The Ziegfeld's Girl: Confessions of an Abnormally Happy Childhood. She also wrote the introduction for a biography of her father, The Ziegfeld Touch: The Life and Times of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr, which was written by her cousins, Richard and Paulette Ziegfeld.[1]

She died of congestive heart failure at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 91. She had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, at the time of her death.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson, Daughter of Legendary Broadway Impresario". Jazz News. April 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Robert Simonson (April 27, 2008). "Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson, Daughter of Famous Broadway Showman, Dies". Playbill. Retrieved 2011-12-24. Patricia Ziegfeld Stephenson, the only daughter of legendary Broadway impresario Florenz Ziegfeld and actress Billie Burke, died of congestive heart failure April 11 at her home in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported. She was 91. ... 
  3. ^ "Engaged". Time (magazine). April 24, 1939. Retrieved 2008-07-28. Patricia Ziegfeld, 22, only daughter of Cinemactress Billie Burke and the late Florenz Ziegfeld; to William Stephenson, 26, dance instructor; in Hollywood. 
  4. ^ "Patricia Ziegfeld To Wed. Late Producer's Daughter to Be Bride of William Stephenson.". Associated Press in New York Times. April 15, 1939. Retrieved 2008-07-28. Miss Patricia Ziegfeld, daughter of the late Florenz Ziegfeld and of Billie Burke. Mr. Stephenson is a native of Norfolk, Va. 
  5. ^ "Patricia Ziegfeld Wed.". New York Times. April 15, 1939. Retrieved 2008-07-28. Patricia Ziegfeld, daughter Billie Burke, motion-picture actress, and the late Florenz Ziegfeld, producer, was married today to William Robert Stephenson, ... 

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