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Adah Menken and the Union for Reform Judaism

#3. Adah at the height of her beauty

Michael Foster and Barbara Foster, co-authors of A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken, have been invited to contact members of nearly 900 congregations of the Union for Reform Judaism in North America in order…

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March 2013 Powerpoint Show

retired librarian CUNY and co-author of A Dangerous Woman

Barbara Foster, co-author of A Dangerous Woman has taken her powerpoint presentation on the road and spoke to large enthusiastic audiences at the New York Victorian Society and Fort Lauderdale Women’s Executive Club. They loved Menken’s bold, romantic life story….

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Menken Rides Again

#10. The temptress

San Francisco Gate, by Leah Garchik, December 24, 2012 : After seeing the San Francisco Symphony‘s “Barbary Coast and Beyond,” I got interested in Adah Isaacs Menken, a notorious bad girl who performed all over the country and in Europe;…

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Adah in the Advocate

#9. Adah begins her sensational roles

The Advocate August 13, 2012 21 LGBT Biographies or Memoirs You Should Read Now. . . From German counts to Utah cave-dwellers, there’s something for every reader on this list. “Like her friend George Sand, Menken “adopted what were considered…

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TWIT magazine: Adah’s Gay Friends

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TWIT finds a friend in ADAH MENKEN: In New York of 1860, 150 years ago, when aspiring actress Adah Isaacs Menken met the already notorious poet Walt Whitman, being a gay man was entirely hidden from public view. Because Whitman’s Leaves…

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SF Gate: Tilson Thomas loves Menken



Billy Rose, Mark Twain, and Alexander Dumas are not the only greats who loved Adah Menken, today’s musical genius Michael Tilson Thomas also appreciates her daring .  

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Adah Menken at Ziegfeld Society



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Nudity in America



  April 6, 2012: Michael Foster and Barbara Foster are interviewed in this podcast by radio personality Mike Rosen, who hosts Denver’s most listened-to radio talk show on 850 KOA from 9:00 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday, now in its 25th year. Rosen…

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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…

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MoviePie: Menken the Great



MoviePie book review 2/2012: You’ve probably never heard of Adah Isaacs Menken, but this pioneering free spirit could be considered America’s first true Superstar (with a capital “S”).  By fearlessly defying convention, Menken achieved things in the 1800s that are…

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