By Eve Golden
" Anna Held (1870?-1918), a petite lady with an hourglass determine, used to be America's hottest musical comedy megastar in the course of the 20 years previous international conflict I. within the colourful international of latest York theater in the course of los angeles 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 big name in Paris, Held rocketed to repute 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 global. the 1st spouse of mythical manufacturer Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., Held was once the brains and thought in the back of his Follies and shared his knack for exposure. jointly, they introduced the Paris scene to long island, whole with lavish costumes and units and a refrain of stunningly attractive ladies, dubbed ""The Anna Held Girls."" whereas Held used to be identified for a champagne laugh 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 combating in Europe, Held again to France to help the conflict attempt. She entertained troops and introduced clinical offers, and he or she was in brief captured via the German military. Anna Held and the delivery of Ziegfeld's Broadway unearths the most impressive ladies within the heritage of theatrical leisure. With entry to formerly unseen relatives files and images, Eve Golden has exposed the main points of a rare lady within the vivid global of 1900s New York.
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