I am eternally grateful for the help, support, and advice of the following contributors, who made the writing of Busby Berkeley’s life story a pleasurable experience:
Joe Franklin, for his witty Buzz Berkeley anecdotes and for putting me in touch with Hollywood personages he’s known.
Sybil Jason, for her personal recollections of working with Buzz. His story is balanced and fair thanks in part to Miss Jason’s first-person account.
Carol Jones, Program Director of the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens, for my personal tour of the magnificent Beaux-Arts mansion once owned by Buzz.
Miles Kreuger, President of the Institute of the American Musical, for his erudition, advice, and passionate adherence to truth.
Michael Kutza, founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, for relaying humorous anecdotes of Berkeley and Ruby Keeler when they were feted at the festival.
Sandra Joy Lee, Curator, Warner Bros. Archives, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, and Jonathon Auxier, Curator, Warner Bros. Archives, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, for providing me access to the hundreds of files in the Berkeley archive.
Patrick McGilligan, the best mentor a biographer could ever ask for.
Susan Murray, my editor, whose suggestions and improvements were invaluable.
Teresa Neff, whose great-great-aunt was Nellie Gertrude Berkeley, for supplying me with the Berkeley family tree.
Dr. Shirley Radlove, for her cheerleading and heartfelt encouragement.
Debbie Reynolds, for clarifying some dim memories of Buzz and singing to me the little ditty quoted in chapter 13.