Lillian Russell: A Biography of America's Beauty

Lillian Russell: A Biography of America's Beauty

by Armond Fields
     
 

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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 women's equality. Her life and career…  See more details below

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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 women's equality. Her life and career are covered here in-depth.

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In addition to describing the life and career of Russell (1861-1922), this biography examines her creation of the notion of celebrity and her effect on morality in turn-of-the-century America. Chapters discuss her rise from Midwest church singer to the highest paid performer of her time, her success in comic opera, her business acumen, her flings and marriages, and the three funerals and three days of national mourning that marked the end of her life. A performance chronology is included. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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substantial...fortified with numerous informatively captioned illustrations and a useful chronology...recommended

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786438686
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/27/2008
Pages:
245
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

The late Armond Fields was a social historian specializing in American popular theater. The author of numerous books about vaudeville and other early theater figures, he lived in Culver City, California.

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