Menken Rides Again
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; there’s a poster of her performing her signature role in “Mazeppa” in Michael Tilson Thomas‘ office.
Michael and Barbara Foster‘s book about her is “A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves, and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken, 1835-1868, America’s Original Superstar.” And a few days ago the Fosters sent me a copy of the fall issue of the magazine of the New York State Archives. Menken is the cover girl; the Fosters wrote the story.