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Anna Held and the Birth of Ziegfeld's Broadway by Eve Golden

By Eve Golden

" Anna Held (1870?-1918), a petite girl with an hourglass determine, used to be America's most well liked musical comedy big name in the course of the 20 years previous global battle I. within the colourful international of latest York theater in the course of los angeles Belle Époque, she epitomized every little thing that was once glamorous, refined, and suggestive approximately turn-of-the-century Broadway. Overcoming an impoverished lifestyles as an orphan to turn into a music-hall megastar in Paris, Held rocketed to popularity in the USA. From 1896 to 1910, she starred in hit after hit and quick changed Lillian Russell because the darling of the theatrical international. the 1st spouse of mythical manufacturer Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., Held used to be the brains and proposal in the back of his Follies and shared his knack for exposure. jointly, they introduced the Paris scene to big apple, entire with lavish costumes and units and a refrain of stunningly attractive ladies, dubbed ""The Anna Held Girls."" whereas Held was once recognized for a champagne snigger in addition to for her million-dollar checking account, there has been a darker facet to her lifestyles. She hid her Jewish historical past and her daughter from a prior marriage. She suffered via her husbands' playing difficulties and Ziegfeld's blatant affairs with showgirls. With the outbreak of struggling with in Europe, Held again to France to help the warfare attempt. She entertained troops and added clinical offers, and she or he was in short captured by way of the German military. Anna Held and the beginning of Ziegfeld's Broadway finds the most notable ladies within the historical past of theatrical leisure. With entry to formerly unseen family members documents and images, Eve Golden has exposed the main points of a rare girl within the shiny global of 1900s New York.

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