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By Eve Golden

ISBN-10: 0813121531

ISBN-13: 9780813121536

" Anna Held (1870?-1918), a petite lady with an hourglass determine, used to be America's most well liked musical comedy superstar in the course of the twenty years previous international conflict 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, subtle, 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 United States. From 1896 to 1910, she starred in hit after hit and quick 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 proposal in 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 appealing girls, dubbed ""The Anna Held Girls."" whereas Held used to be recognized for a champagne snort 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 scuffling with in Europe, Held back to France to aid the struggle attempt. She entertained troops and added clinical provides, and he or she used to be in brief captured through the German military. Anna Held and the beginning of Ziegfeld's Broadway unearths the most amazing 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 bright international of 1900s New York.

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As late as 1 9 3 0 artist John Held Jr. " Max Marcin, incidentally, had netted a grand total of $ 2 5 0 for his idea; milkman Wallace was calmed down with a bribe of $ 1 0 and some show tickets. Ziegfeld's role as a promoter was already well established, and his future as the Glorifier of American Girls seemed assured: " H e has not sang her songs," a paper reported of Anna and Ziegfeld, "he has not worn her clothes; he has not posed openly. But Anna H e l d is the pretty feminine reflection of this 32 ANNA H E L D gentleman's seething brain.

So she and Ziegfeld invested twenty-two thousand dollars in a luxurious private railway car, one that had been previously owned by actress and noted royal mistress Lillie Langtry. T h e car was so huge and well appointed that Anna was able to bypass local hotels and sleep in it on her stops. It contained a stateroom, dining room, a parlor, and a plate-glassenclosed observation deck, as well as servants quarters and a well-equipped kitchen (Anna was not impressed with American hotel cookery). She hired a chef who had previously worked on the Vanderbilt yacht; as part of his contract, he was permitted to use the white-and-gold piano and the observation car when not engaged in his duties, 40 ANNA H E L D A n n a s train was not only good for transportation but also for impressing reporters, and Metropolitan magazine did a photo feature on the Anna H e l d Special, H e r parlor was fitted out with music boxes and (for very smooth rides) a phonograph.

Sarah Bernhardt was already famed for being photographed sleeping in her coffin, horse-whipping enemies (both male and female), and trying her talents as sculptress and fencing-mistress. In the 1880s, American actress Mary Anderson was the first to hire a press agent to specifically invent stories about her to be placed in newspapers. But never had the public been subjected to so constant, so unrelenting, and so shameless a barrage of publicity as Ziegfeld now unleashed on Annas behalf. " By the time of the 1920s, he ingenuously averred, "We make, not fake, news.

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