Funny Girl follows the early career of stage comedienne Fanny Brice. As the film opens only her mother believes Fanny can make it in show business until she is given a chance at Keeney's Music Hall where her hilarious debut as a rollerskating chorus girl gets her hired as a comedienne. A year later Fanny is working for Florenz Ziegfeld in his famous Follies and brings the house down with an outrageous and unplanned number. Fanny becomes a star, falls in love and marries Nick Arnstein, a handsome gambler whose luck doesn't hold up. As her own career flourishes and his steadily worsens, Nick becomes involved in a shady bond deal. He is jailed for 18 months, for embezzlement, but Fanny refuses to divorce him. When he is released, however, Nick and Fanny agree their marriage cannot work. Fanny thanks Nick for having made her feel 'sort of beautiful' as he walks out of her life.