Here's a short clip of Billie Burke (remember her in the Wizard of Oz?) in the movie, Dinner at Eight. Her father was a singing clown in the circus, and she toured with him as a child. She started acting on the London stage when she was a young woman, and ultimately moved to the U.S., where she was an immensely popular stage actress on Broadway. She married Florenz Zigfeld, Jr., and moved to Hollywood, where she became an Oscar-nominated actress. You can read more about her here.