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

By Eve Golden

" Anna Held (1870?-1918), a petite lady with an hourglass determine, used to be America's most well liked musical comedy celebrity through the 20 years previous international conflict I. within the colourful international of latest York theater in the course of l. a. Belle Époque, she epitomized every thing that used to be glamorous, refined, and suggestive approximately turn-of-the-century Broadway. Overcoming an impoverished lifestyles as an orphan to develop into a music-hall megastar in Paris, Held rocketed to status 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 was once the brains and notion at the back of his Follies and shared his knack for exposure. jointly, they introduced the Paris scene to manhattan, whole with lavish costumes and units and a refrain of stunningly attractive girls, dubbed ""The Anna Held Girls."" whereas Held was once identified for a champagne chuckle in addition to for her million-dollar checking account, there has been a darker aspect 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 battling in Europe, Held again to France to help the struggle attempt. She entertained troops and introduced clinical provides, and she or he used to be in brief captured by way of the German military. Anna Held and the beginning of Ziegfeld's Broadway finds some of the most outstanding ladies within the heritage of theatrical leisure. With entry to formerly unseen relations documents and pictures, Eve Golden has exposed the main points of a unprecedented girl within the brilliant global of 1900s New York.

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