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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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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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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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The Wrap: Adah Menken “The Original Naked Lady”



The Wrap, 2/7/2012 Adah Isaacs Menken: The Original Naked Lady Tina Fey: “Betty White once told me, ‘Never let anyone tell you, you are not good enough to pose nude.’” For better or worse, in the movies, on television, on…

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L.A.’s the Place for Adah Menken



As Academy Awards Time approaches the authors of A Dangerous Woman remember superstars of the past. Here is a great article about the first American superstar who was Jewish, part black, part Irish, and all rebel–Adah Isaacs Menken.

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Adah at History.net



Adah Menken took History.net by storm. “Entertainment is a sadly neglected aspect of America’s Civil War. Its outstanding performer was Adah Isaacs Menken, aka “The Naked Lady,” whose life, celebrity, and writing epitomize the inner tensions of a war that…

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Market Watch: “It All Started with Menken”



Adah Menken was the first media celebrity, who was known around the world as “The Naked Lady” because her stage show featured her nude (in a sheer body stocking). Her star power inspired poets like Walt Whitman and writers like…

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