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Adah’s Gay Friends



On the historic date of December 18, 2010 the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was repealed by an act of Congress. Finally, gays may serve openly in the U.S. military. In 1860, 150 years earlier, when young, aspiring actress Adah…

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Adah’s Soulmate Remembers



Charles Warren Stoddard was one of Adah Isaacs Menken’s gay friends. These included Walt Whitman, who she strongly supported, and the young king of Wurttemberg. She and Charles were soul mates, though they communed mainly by correspondence when Adah was…

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Amazon Reviews



A Dangerous Woman will be available in February. Here are a few book reviews from Amazon.com. BarnesandNoble, and Wellsphere.com 5 Stars: “Significant Cultural Icon” by Eva Claudia I’m so happy that I found this book on Adah Isaacs Menken, the…

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In Search of a Mystery



At midnight on May 15, 1867 Mark Twain was lounging at the entrance of the New York Hotel shooting the breeze with the desk clerk. The Civil War was over and news sparse. Mark, a newcomer to the city, was…

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Menken in the Movies



Sophia as a blonde Adah Menken! If Adah Isaacs Menken (aka The Naked Lady) is not a household name, the fault may be Marilyn Monroe’s. In 1953 Marilyn, then an unknown, was offered a break playing Adah, the original American…

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Sherlock Holmes meets his match: Adah Menken



The new, updated, totally pop Sherlock Holmes opens in theaters across the Ailing Empire on Christmas Day, 2009. Possibly visible among the mayhem created by nearly 100 special and visual effects technicians and artists will be the stars: Robert Downey…

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THE IRISH IN ADAH ISAACS MENKEN



The Stepfather, the Husband New Orleans has a neighborhood called the Irish Channel. Located between the French Quarter and the Garden District, it was originally settled in the 19th century by Irishmen looking for work in the New World. Their…

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A Colored Girl from New Orleans



The search for the origins of the global figure who came to be known as Adah Isaacs Menken has gone on for some 150 years. It began even before her premature death in 1868. Today Jewish, African American, and Irish…

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Adah’s Five Aces



In the straight-laced Victorian age, actress Adah Isaacs Menken dared to marry five husbands–occasionally two at a time. She had several famous lovers and many admirers. The Naked Lady as she was known on stage became world famous–some would say…

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A Wink and a Smile–in the flesh



A movie review by Michael Foster The film documentary A Wink and a Smile, about ten youngish women who enroll in Seattle’s Academy of Burlesque, opened at New York’s Quad Cinema on May Day. Entirely appropriate, since the holiday in…

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