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Funny Girl is set in New York City just prior to and following World War I. It follows the story of Fanny Brice—Ziegfeld Follies star, successful comedienne, and singer—as she awaits the return of her husband Nick Arnstein from prison. A flash-back reminds Fanny of her humble beginnings. It reminds her who she is and how she got to this point in her life. When Nick returns after his prison term ends, he and Fanny must decide whether to continue their relationship. They decide that while they still love each other, it is inevitable for them to make each other unhappy.