Sunday, March 8, 2009

Anna Held


Anna Held c.1908
This image currently under restoration - available soon as fine art print.




Born today (March 8th) in Paris c.1872 'the tiny Anna Held, with her eighteen-inch waist, was already a star earning huge sums at the Palace Theatre, London, when Florenz Ziegfeld discovered her and took her to America. He starred her in many productions including 'Miss Innocence' & 'The Parisian Model'. Singing with Gallic charm, she enchanted the public who were already intrigued by rumours of her milk baths and general naughtiness.

Anna Held worked her way up from the chorus to stardom, and married Ziegfeld (whom she later divorced). She was portrayed in the film 'The Great Ziegfeld' (1936) by Luise Rainer'.
(ref: Collector's Guide to Theatrical Postcards)




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