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 famous person throughout the 20 years previous global struggle I. within the colourful international of recent York theater in the course of l. a. Belle Époque, she epitomized every thing that was once glamorous, refined, and suggestive approximately turn-of-the-century Broadway. Overcoming an impoverished lifestyles as an orphan to develop into a music-hall celebrity in Paris, Held rocketed to repute in the USA. From 1896 to 1910, she starred in hit after hit and fast 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 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 ladies, dubbed ""The Anna Held Girls."" whereas Held was once identified for a champagne chortle in addition to for her million-dollar checking account, there has been a darker facet to her existence. She hid her Jewish history 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 lower back to France to help the battle attempt. She entertained troops and introduced scientific offers, and she or he was in short captured by way of the German military. Anna Held and the beginning of Ziegfeld's Broadway unearths essentially the most outstanding ladies within the historical past of theatrical leisure. With entry to formerly unseen kinfolk documents and images, Eve Golden has exposed the main points of a unprecedented girl within the vivid international of 1900s New York.

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