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

By Eve Golden

" Anna Held (1870?-1918), a petite lady with an hourglass determine, was once America's hottest musical comedy superstar in the course of the 20 years previous global conflict I. within the colourful global 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 turn into a music-hall megastar in Paris, Held rocketed to popularity in the United States. From 1896 to 1910, she starred in hit after hit and fast 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 in the back of his Follies and shared his knack for exposure. jointly, they introduced the Paris scene to long island, entire with lavish costumes and units and a refrain of stunningly appealing ladies, dubbed ""The Anna Held Girls."" whereas Held used to be recognized for a champagne chortle in addition to for her million-dollar checking account, there has been a darker part 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 battling in Europe, Held again to France to aid the conflict attempt. She entertained troops and brought clinical provides, and she or he was in brief captured by means of the German military. Anna Held and the start of Ziegfeld's Broadway unearths probably the most impressive ladies within the historical past of theatrical leisure. With entry to formerly unseen kin documents and images, Eve Golden has exposed the main points of a unprecedented lady within the bright global of 1900s New York.

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