A to Z of American Women in the Performing Arts (Facts On by Liz Sonneborn

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When she was seven, her father bought a resort in the Catskills. There, Gertrude made her show business debut, performing skits she wrote and depicting characters based on relatives from the Jewish community in which she was raised. In 1918, she married Lewis Berg, a chemical engineer, with whom she had two children. While raising her family, Gertrude Berg took playwriting courses at Columbia University and started writing radio plays. In 1929 she made her first sale to NBC, but her show, a soap opera titled Effie and Laura, was canceled after one episode.

A hazard of the battlefield. ” Callas set off a new round of criticism when in 1959 she became involved in an international scandal by falling into an affair with shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. The romance ended both of their marriages and threatened her career as she began to ignore her voice while embracing Onas32 Maria Callas (© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS) sis’s high-society lifestyle. Callas was involved with Onassis for eight years before her hopes for marriage were dashed by his 1968 wedding to former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Although other stars also adopted the pose of the flapper, Bow, with her pixyish face and fiery, bobbed hair, was by far the most popular, receiving at her height more 25 BRICE, FANNY than 40,000 fan letters a week. She was known by the public as the “It Girl” after appearing in the 1927 film adaptation of popular author Elinor Glyn’s novel It. “It” became a euphemism for the earthy, highly energized sex appeal of Bow—a distinct departure from the exotic allure of earlier film sirens such as THEDA BARA.

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