A Dangerous Woman Powerpoint Show

A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken (1835-1868) America’s Original Superstar by Michael Foster and Barbara Foster (Lyons Press, 2011)

Wednesday March 14th 2012 at 7PM

A Dangerous Woman powerpoint presentation featuring collector’s item photos by Prof. Barbara Foster at Santa Monica Public Library – 601 Santa Monica Blvd. – (Santa Monica Blvd. and 6th Street) In the Auditorium

Open call to movie producers, directors, and actors. This movie will be shot in Gold Rush Virginia City, Nevada and California. Here is what Hollywood is saying about Adah Menken:

The Wrap 2/7/2012: Adah, wearing “a little dimity nothing” that her admirer Mark Twain compared to a diaper, became the first star pin-up and the overwhelming hit of Civil War entertainment. In movies, Adah has been played by Marion Davies in “Operator 13″ (1934), Sophia Loren in “Heller in Pink Tights” (1960), by Charlotte Rampling in “Sherlock Holmes in New York,” (1976) and most recently as Holmes’ athletic buddy Irene in Guy Ritchie’s two “Sherlock Holmes.”


LAsThePlace 2/21/2012: “Born into poverty in New Orleans in 1835, part-Black, Jewish, and Irish, Adah in her mid-twenties had gone through three husbands, with two more to go. Her marriage to boxing champ John Heenan, America’s first great sports hero, proved a disaster. In court he called her “The Most Dangerous Woman in the World.”



MoviePie 2/20/12: The Great Menken, a 19th Century Elizabeth Taylor, “she has paved the way for every other woman who has chosen to live outside the box.”



A Dangerous Woman needs to become a movie.  See Michael Foster’s (AKA Mickey Stamler) profile at IMDBpro: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4897265/

The cast includes:

Adah, petite, curvy, athletic, adorable, secretly part black. Was she a Civil War spy?

John Heenan, world bareknuckle boxing champion, the great love who betrayed her.

Paul Barkley, heroic Confederate spy and Adah’s husband to be

Sam Clemens, cub reporter, becoming Mark Twain, the narrator

Walt Whitman, gay poet and Adah’s friend

Set in Gold Rush Nevada, a story of sex, adventure, and intrigue. The movie set–Virginia City–already exists frozen in time. Will Confederate agents steal the gold that could win the war? The story of Adah Menken, America’s original love goddess, has suspense and action, and the movie can be made in CA/NV at a reasonable price.

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