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, was once America's preferred musical comedy big name throughout the twenty years previous global warfare 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 existence as an orphan to develop 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 speedy changed Lillian Russell because the darling of the theatrical global. the 1st spouse of mythical manufacturer Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., Held used to be the brains and suggestion at the back of his Follies and shared his knack for exposure. jointly, they introduced the Paris scene to big apple, whole with lavish costumes and units and a refrain of stunningly appealing girls, dubbed ""The Anna Held Girls."" whereas Held was once recognized for a champagne laugh in addition to for her million-dollar checking account, there has been a darker part to her lifestyles. She hid her Jewish heritage 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 lower back to France to help the struggle attempt. She entertained troops and introduced scientific provides, and he or she used to be in short captured by way of the German military. Anna Held and the beginning of Ziegfeld's Broadway finds probably the most notable ladies within the historical past of theatrical leisure. With entry to formerly unseen family members files and pictures, Eve Golden has exposed the main points of a rare girl within the vivid international of 1900s New York.

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