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Download PDF by Eve Golden: Anna Held and the Birth of Ziegfeld's Broadway

By Eve Golden

ISBN-10: 0813121531

ISBN-13: 9780813121536

" Anna Held (1870?-1918), a petite girl with an hourglass determine, was once America's preferred musical comedy superstar in the course of the twenty years previous international struggle I. within the colourful global of latest York theater in the course of los angeles Belle Époque, she epitomized every little thing that used to be glamorous, subtle, and suggestive approximately turn-of-the-century Broadway. Overcoming an impoverished lifestyles as an orphan to turn into a music-hall famous person in Paris, Held rocketed to repute in the USA. 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, 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 existence. 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 struggling with in Europe, Held again to France to help the conflict attempt. She entertained troops and introduced clinical offers, and she or he used to be in brief captured by means of the German military. Anna Held and the delivery of Ziegfeld's Broadway unearths essentially the most outstanding ladies within the heritage of theatrical leisure. With entry to formerly unseen kinfolk documents and images, Eve Golden has exposed the main points of a rare girl within the shiny international of 1900s New York.

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Annas presence was also requested at benefits. She wasn't paid for these performances, but it was quite an honor to be asked to help out fellow artists, war widows, the unemployed. Only top stars were on these bills, and Anna began developing a social conscience. For the rest of her life, she would take time off from touring to appear at bazaars and benefits. By the summer of 1896 Anna was headlining at London's Palace Theater of Varieties. " Anna was used to receiving flowers from her fans, so when bouquets from someone named Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.

H e r swan song in A Parlor Match brought in ten thousand dollars in Baltimore alone. T h e couple began setting down tentative roots in the United States, where Anna would now be spending at least half of her time. In the fall of 1898, Anna and Ziegfeld bought a small farm on the outskirts of Belgrade Lakes, Maine. Neither of them got to spend much time there, which was fine with Anna: W h i l e Ziegfeld enjoyed roughing it in the woods, Anna was more of a city girl. Between shows they would drive north to their farm and spend a week or so with friends, until the mosquitos drove Anna back to N e w York.

Theatrical publicity was nothing new in the 1890s; even zanier stunts had been tried before. 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.

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