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Roger Davis
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Birth: Jan. 20, 1884
Death: Mar. 3, 1980
Mission Hills
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Fanny Brice had a long-standing relationship with a man named Roger Davis, who she met in 1916 when he was in the chorus of the Ziegfeld Follies. According to an article in the New York Herald Tribune of June 14, 1931, Davis appeared in three more Follies with Fanny Brice, traveled to Europe with her and Norma Talmadge in 1927, and performed in the vaudeville act with which she toured in 1927 and 1928. He subsequently played minor roles in Sweet and Low, Grazy Quild and the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936.

Although Fanny Brice appearently valued Davis' companionship more than his acting abilitis, there was nothing sexual about their relationship. He was variously described as her mascot, stooge and social guide.

The Tribune reported that "she has a bad memory for names and Davis guides her through the intricaciesof large parties with constant nudges and sly whispers that enable her to indentifty other guests." William characterized him as "my mother's dear and close friend, an amazing and humorous man who never managed to succeed in show business on his own." According to William, Davis lived with the Brices "for a while" and always traveled with Fanny on the road where "he kept her company and watched over her."

"One had a sense, though," William reflected, "of him being not quite a real person, of him being like a jester." It is interesting to note as well that whatever influence Davis may have had, Brice does not mention him at all in her reminiscences.

Stage credits:
Our Miss Gibbs (1910)
The Passing Show of 1912 (The Wintergarden, New York, 1912)
The Ziegfeld Follies of 1916 (1916)
Hollywood Music Box Revue (1927)
Sweet and Low (1930)
Crazy Quilt (1931)
The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 (1936)

Movie credits:
A Social Celebrity (1926) as Tenny
Exit Laughing (1930) uncredited
Are You There? (1930) as barber
That Certain Woman (1937) as waiter (uncredited)
Youth Takes a Fling (1938) as floorwalker (uncredited)
Miss Tatlock's Millions (1948) uncredited
Dear Wife (1949) as committee chairman (uncredited)
Adam's Rib (1949) uncredited
Riding High (1950) as butler (uncredited)
Mr. Music (1950) uncredited
Pat and Mike (1952) uncredited
The Belle of New York (1952) as Judkins (uncredited)

References in books:
Fanny Brice by Herbert C. Coldman
Pages 80, 85, 125, 128, 135, 137, 149, 151-52 and 177
Stage credits on pages 254, 258, 260 and 265-266
Funny Woman by Barbara W. Grossman
Pages 240-241

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Created by: Glenn Wallace
Record added: Jun 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53504331
Roger Davis
Added by: Glenn Wallace
 
Roger Davis
Added by: Glenn Wallace
 
Roger Davis
Added by: Glenn Wallace
 
 
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