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Anna Held Ziegfeld (1865-1918)

Anna was born in Poland and was a minor star of the French stage before being noticed by famed showman Florenz (Flo) Ziegfeld.  He persuaded her to come to the United States, where they were married (common-law) in 1897.  She soon became a favorite of the New York stage, known for her tiny waist, elaborate gowns, and eyes "that won't behave", starring in comedy and vaudeville under Ziegfeld's management.  The 'Follies' were originally called the "Anna Held Follies".  After their divorce, they became "The Ziegfeld Follies".

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