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By Eve Golden

" Anna Held (1870?-1918), a petite girl with an hourglass determine, used to be America's most well liked musical comedy celebrity through the twenty years previous global struggle I. within the colourful global of latest York theater in the course of los angeles Belle Époque, she epitomized every thing that used to be 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 reputation in the US. 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 suggestion at the back of his Follies and shared his knack for exposure. jointly, they introduced the Paris scene to ny, entire with lavish costumes and units and a refrain of stunningly appealing ladies, dubbed ""The Anna Held Girls."" whereas Held was once identified 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 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 back to France to aid the struggle attempt. She entertained troops and introduced clinical offers, and he or she used to be in short captured by means of the German military. Anna Held and the delivery of Ziegfeld's Broadway finds probably the most extraordinary girls within the background of theatrical leisure. With entry to formerly unseen relatives documents and images, Eve Golden has exposed the main points of a rare girl within the bright global of 1900s New York.

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