Anna Held

The Held
03/18/1873 - 08/12/1918

Anna Held was born in Warsaw, Poland on March 18, 1873 to Maurice (or Shimmle), a German Jewish glovemaker, and French Yvonne (or Helene) Pierre. The Helds moved to Paris, France in the 1870s, and Held was reportedly singing in the streets at the age of eight. After Maurice died in either 1884 or 1885, she and her mother moved to London, England where Anna joined Jacob Adler's Yiddish Theater. She returned to Paris and became a star of light comedy. Though reportedly very interested in making a transition to tragedies--she practiced by seeing the horror productions common in Paris at the time--her reputation in comedy quickly made her name well known. In 1894, she married Maximo Carrera, with whom she had a daughter, Liane Carrera, who also became a stage actress. That same year, she divorced Carrera and moved to the United States to be with Florenz Ziegfeld. From 1896 to 1918, she headlined the Ziegfeld Follies. She made one movie in 1915, "Madame la Presidente." Held's fame was considerable and she was particularly loved by the press. The "Seattle Times" frequently referred to her as "The Held" and humorously accused her in a review of her 1904 production, "Mam'selle Napoleon," of "being guilty of acting." On August 12, 1918, Held died of pernicious anemia complicated by acute bronchial pneumonia.

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ANNA HELD DIES AFTER BRAVE FIGHT. (1918, Aug 13). New York Times (1857-1922) Retrieved from Pollack, O. B. (n.d.). Anna Held. Jewish Women Archive Encyclopedia. Retrieved March 01, 2015, from