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" Anna Held (1870?-1918), a petite girl with an hourglass determine, used to be America's hottest musical comedy big name throughout the 20 years previous international battle I. within the colourful international of latest 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 status 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 international. the 1st spouse of mythical manufacturer Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., Held used to be the brains and thought at 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 girls, dubbed ""The Anna Held Girls."" whereas Held was once recognized for a champagne chortle in addition to for her million-dollar checking account, there has been a darker part to her lifestyles. 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 struggling with in Europe, Held lower back to France to help the warfare attempt. She entertained troops and brought clinical offers, and he or she used to be in brief captured by means of the German military. Anna Held and the delivery of Ziegfeld's Broadway unearths probably the most striking girls within the heritage of theatrical leisure. With entry to formerly unseen relatives documents and pictures, Eve Golden has exposed the main points of a rare lady within the shiny international of 1900s New York.

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