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Anna Held and the Birth of Ziegfeld's Broadway

Anna Held was America's most popular musical comedy star during the two decades preceding World War I. In the colourful world of New York theatre during La BelleÉpoque, she epitomized everything that was glamorous and provocative about turn-of-the-century Broadway.

Overcoming an impoverished life as an orphan to become a music hall star in Paris, Held rocketed to fame in America. The first wife of legendary producer Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., Held was the brains and inspiration behind his Follies. Together, they brought the Paris scene to New York, complete with lavish costumes and sets and a chorus of stunningly beautiful women, dubbed “The Anna Held Girls.”

While Held was known for a champagne giggle as well as for her million-dollar bank account, there was a darker side to her life. She concealed her Jewish background and her daughter from a previous marriage. She suffered through her two husbands' gambling problems and Ziegfeld's conspicuous affairs with showgirls. With the outbreak of fighting in Europe, Held returned to France to support the war effort. She entertained troops and delivered medical supplies, and was once briefly captured by the German army.

Anna Held and the Birth of Ziegfeld's Broadway reveals one of the most remarkable women in the history of theatre. With access to previously unseen family records and photographs, Eve Golden has uncovered the details of an extraordinary woman’s life in 1900s New York.

Saturday 25 September, 10am-11am

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