Lillian Russell: A Biography of America's Beauty

Lillian Russell: A Biography of America's Beauty

by Armond Fields
     
 

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Beautiful, bold Lillian Russell was much more than a popular actress and singer of the Gay Nineties. Through energetic self-promotion, she practically invented celebrity, and her resulting influence was widely felt in society, fashion, and even politics. Russell's very public example even stretched the bounds of sexual relationships and morality in turn-of-the-century… See more details below

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Beautiful, bold Lillian Russell was much more than a popular actress and singer of the Gay Nineties. Through energetic self-promotion, she practically invented celebrity, and her resulting influence was widely felt in society, fashion, and even politics. Russell's very public example even stretched the bounds of sexual relationships and morality in turn-of-the-century America. Here is the story of how a pretty church singer from the Midwest transformed herself into the highest paid and most visible entertainer of her time. Peopled with colorful characters and sparkling with anecdotes of the era, it is also a story of America - the flamboyance of its entertainments, the turmoil of its changing society, and the birth of its glorious musical theater.

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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)

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