A Biography of “America’s Beauty”
About the Book
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.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 41 photos, notes, chronology, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008 
Table of Contents
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
Book Reviews & Awards
“substantial…fortified with numerous informatively captioned illustrations and a useful chronology…recommended”—Choice.