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By Eve Golden

ISBN-10: 0813121531

ISBN-13: 9780813121536

" Anna Held (1870?-1918), a petite lady with an hourglass determine, was once America's preferred musical comedy superstar through the 20 years previous global battle 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 turn into a music-hall celebrity in Paris, Held rocketed to popularity in the United States. From 1896 to 1910, she starred in hit after hit and speedy changed Lillian Russell because the darling of the theatrical global. the 1st spouse of mythical manufacturer Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., Held was once the brains and proposal 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 snigger in addition to for her million-dollar checking account, there has been a darker facet to her existence. 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 back to France to help the conflict attempt. She entertained troops and introduced scientific provides, and he or she was in brief captured by way of the German military. Anna Held and the delivery of Ziegfeld's Broadway unearths essentially the most impressive ladies within the historical past of theatrical leisure. With entry to formerly unseen relations files and pictures, Eve Golden has exposed the main points of a unprecedented girl within the shiny international of 1900s New York.

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