Lillian Russell: A Biography of America's Beauty

Overview

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 to buy a ticket. And no star was more popular 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 was the symbol of the new American woman. She used those attributes to attain power, social status ...
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Overview

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 to buy a ticket. And no star was more popular 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 was the symbol of the new American woman. She used those attributes to attain power, social status and wealth, and then to become one of the earliest champions of women's equality. Her life and career are covered here in detail, with particular emphasis on the way she influenced theater history and popular culture.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786438686
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/27/2008
  • Pages: 245
  • Sales rank: 1,309,381
  • 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 From Prairies to Pastor's 5
2 She Couldn't Say No 20
3 The Prodigal Daughter's Return 30
4 The Queen of Comic Opera 57
5 The Queen's Consorts 79
6 Requiem for Comic Opera 99
7 Music Hall Days 122
8 End of an Era 138
9 Her Image Renewed 159
10 Old Specialties, New Platforms 176
11 God, Mother, Country and Lillian Russell 190
12 The Queen Is Dead! Long Live the Queen! 206
Performance Chronology 219
Notes 225
Bibliography 229
Index 233
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