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Anna Held
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    (March 8, 1872-August 12, 1918)
    Born in Warsaw, Poland
    Birth name was Helene Anna Held
    Appeared on stage in shows produced by Florenz Ziegfeld including 'Papa's Wife' (1899), 'The Parisian Model' (1905) and 'Miss Innocence' (1908)
    Appeared in the films 'The Comet' (1910) and 'Madame la Presidente' (1916)
    Reported measurements of 36-18-36
    She may have shaved up to seven years off her age.
    She insisted she was a native Parisian even after her real birthplace was publicized.
    She married just before giving birth to a daughter who she left to be raised in a convent.
    She first gained fame in Paris by singing lewd songs.
    As a publicity stunt, she claimed she bathed in fresh milk each day.
    When she was eight, anti-Semitic pogroms forced her family to flee to Paris.
    She suggested to Ziegfeld the format for his famed Follies.
    A year after she arrived in America, the New York World declared, 'The name of the young woman became as well known in this country as the name of the President.'
    During World War I, she raised money for the Allied Relief Fund and traveled to the front to perform for French soldiers.
    Luise Rainer won an Oscar for portraying her in 'The Great Ziegfeld' (1936).

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