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Lillian Russell (1861-1922)
Birth Name: Helen Louise Leonard

Singer, actress, and entertainer, born in Clinton, Iowa.   She made her stage debut in "HMS Pinafore" (1879) and appeared regularly in Broadway variety theatre, gaining her first starring role in "Grand Mogul" (1881).  As famous for her flamboyant personal life as for her beauty and voice, she toured England and the USA (1899-1904) with a burlesque company, and became known as 'The American Beauty'.

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