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Pick Yourself UpDorothy Fields and the American Musical$
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Charlotte Greenspan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195111101

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111101.001.0001

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The World of Her Family

The World of Her Family

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(p.12) 2 The World of Her Family
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Pick Yourself Up
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Charlotte Greenspan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111101.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the family life of Dorothy Fields. Dorothy Fields was born on July 15, 1904, in Allenhurst, New Jersey, in a residence the Fields family was renting for the summer. When Dorothy was born, Lew and Rose Fields already had three children, a girl and two boys. Dorothy's family environment differed from that of her siblings, even beyond the fact that she was the baby and that her father was no longer an itinerant entertainer. Some things remained much the same. The family pattern of Rose making the household decisions continued. Although he was no longer touring, Lew was seldom at home because he spent long hours at the theater. No longer partnered with Joe Weber, Lew Fields was very active as a producer and actor. Moreover, one could say that Rose represented Lew's aspirations of what the family would become—something more solidly middle class and secure.

Keywords:   entertainer, family life, Jewish family, Lew fields, touring

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