Anna Held

Helene Anna Held (19 March 1872 – 12 August 1918) was a Polish-French stage performer on Broadway. While appearing in London, she was spotted by impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, who brought her to America as his common-law wife. From 1896 through 1910, she was one of Broadway's most celebrated leading ladies, presented in a succession of musicals as a charming, coquettish Parisian singer and comedienne, with an hourglass figure and an off-stage reputation for exotic behavior, such as bathing in 40 gallons of milk a day to maintain her complexion. Detractors implied that her fame owed more to Ziegfeld's promotional flair than to any intrinsic talent, but her audience allure was undeniable for over a decade, with several of her shows setting house attendance records for their time. Her uninhibited style also inspired the long-running series of popular revues, the Ziegfeld Follies.

Anna Held
Helene Anna Held

(1872-03-19)19 March 1872
Died12 August 1918(1918-08-12) (aged 46)
New York City, U.S.
Resting placeCemetery of the Gate of Heaven
  • Actress
  • singer
Maximo Carrera
(m. 1894; div. 1908)
PartnerFlorenz Ziegfeld (1897–1913)

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