Starting The Week off on a High Note
- I have decided to try and start each new week off on a positive high note. But being a glass half empty kind of guy I suspect things will turn into crap soon enough.
Anna Held (19 March 1872 – 12 August 1918), known professionally as Anna Held, was a Broadway stage performer and singer born in Warsaw, Poland. She started her career with stints in theatres in Paris and London, and is most often associated with theatre producer and impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, her common-law husband.
Born in Warsaw, Congress Poland, Russian Empire, Held was the daughter of a German-Jewish glove maker, Shimmle (aka Maurice) Held, and his French-Jewish wife, Yvonne Pierre.
Sources of her year of birth range from 1865–73, but 1872 has been accepted in general. In 1881, antisemitic pogroms forced the family to flee to Paris, France.
Her vivacious and animated personality proved popular, and her career as a stage performer began to gain momentum. She was soon known for her risqué songs, flirtatious nature and willingness to show her legs on stage.
Around this time, she became the wife of a much-older Uruguayan playboy, Maximo Carrera, with whom she had a daughter, Lianne (1895–1988), shortly after their 1894 marriage, and who became an actress and producer, sometimes billed as Anna Held Jr.
Held influenced the format for what would eventually become the famous Ziegfeld Follies in 1907, and she helped Ziegfeld establish the most lucrative phase of his career.More . . . .
BARBARA PARKINS as Anna Held sings" I JUST CAN'T MAKE MY EYES BEHAVE" in ZIEGFELD
BARBARA PARKINS portrays the International sensation of the 1900s and first wife of Florenz Ziegfeld [who turned her into a Turn-Of-The-Century sex symbol] and performs one of her signature numbers, a most provocative one in its day.