Lillian Russell: A Biography of America's Beauty

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Colorful and boisterous first nights were the rule in New York theaters of the 1880s. Everyone, it seemed, attended, from the rich and powerful to young people who scraped together just enough money to buy a ticket. And no star was more popular among these two groups and all those in between than Lillian Russell. At a time when serious plays dominated the stages, Lillian Russell was one of the first to popularize musical theater. With her beauty, voice, and grace, she became the symbol of the new American woman. She used those attributes to attain power, social status and wealth, and then went on to become one of the earliest champions of womens equality. Her life and career are covered here in-depth, with particular focus on the way she influenced theater history and the popular culture of her day.

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Writer and artist Armond Fields has written extensively on early American theater. He also wrote Eddie Foy, (1999). He lives in Culver City, California.

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"substantial...fortified with numerous informatively captioned illustrations and a useful chronology...recommended for readers interested in popular theater, cultural history, or the lives of remarkably able women" -- Choice

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