Download e-book for iPad: Anna Held and the Birth of Ziegfeld's Broadway by Eve Golden

By Eve Golden

ISBN-10: 0813121531

ISBN-13: 9780813121536

" Anna Held (1870?-1918), a petite girl with an hourglass determine, used to be America's most well liked musical comedy big name through the 20 years previous international conflict I. within the colourful international of recent York theater in the course of l. a. Belle Époque, she epitomized every little thing that was once glamorous, refined, and suggestive approximately turn-of-the-century Broadway. Overcoming an impoverished existence as an orphan to turn into a music-hall famous person in Paris, Held rocketed to status in the US. 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 thought in 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 attractive girls, dubbed ""The Anna Held Girls."" whereas Held used to be recognized for a champagne snicker in addition to for her million-dollar checking account, there has been a darker aspect 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 scuffling with in Europe, Held back to France to help the battle attempt. She entertained troops and added clinical offers, and she or he used to be in short captured through the German military. Anna Held and the delivery of Ziegfeld's Broadway unearths the most impressive girls within the background of theatrical leisure. With entry to formerly unseen relatives files and images, Eve Golden has exposed the main points of a rare girl within the brilliant international of 1900s New York.

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