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Baby Snooks

Baby Snooks was a situation comedy broadcast from 1936 to 1951 on CBS and NBC. Fanny Brice, a very gifted actress in theater, created the Snooks persona. She played the impish little girl she envisioned, while Hanley Stafford played as her Daddy Lancelot Higgins. Lalive Brownell starred the role Mommy Higgins." Most noticeably, Brice started her career on the air portraying Snooks when she was 46 years old!

Baby Snooks show was immensely popular. Snooks quickly became the most clever and notorious brat on the air. In each episode, Snooks manages to give her Daddy a load of trouble and often outwit him in their dealings. With her signature line, "Whyyy . . . Daddy . . ," Snooks never fails to annoy Dad Higgins with tons of questions and an endless supply of naughty behavior.

Interestingly, it was noted that Brice was so immersed in her character Snooks that she was rarely seen out of the character in public. Indeed, it would take hours for her to come out of the part after each performance recording. Baby Snooks enjoyed a strong popularity for a long 15 years on the air. In fact, the show remained strong at Brice's death in 1951 after she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.

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