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The Peerage & The Stage

The other invasion Edwardian society dealt with was the Gaiety Girl. At least the American heiress could paper over her lackluster antecedents with her wealth, and her family stayed in the United States! The Gaiety Girl, as English (or Irish) as can be, with definite working- and lower-class roots, was a living embodiment of a …

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Theater

Florenz Ziegfeld and His Girls

Spectacle was the key word in musical theatre of the Belle Epoque, and from the decadent Folies Bergères in Paris, to the Gaiety Girls of London, savvy impresarios gave audiences the glitz, the glamor, the extravagance–and the sin–they craved. The Florodora Girls (who counted the infamous Evelyn Nesbit as a member) gave American audiences one …

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The Bad Girls of Edwardian Theatre

Far away from the bawdy turns of the music hall, the froth and bubble of the musical comedy, and the serious drama, there was the Bad Girl melodrama. Produced by brothers Walter and Frederick Melville mostly at the Standard Theatre, these plays featured dangerous women, “often a social climber seeking power and money, or else …

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