By Nils Hanson
After a meteoric ascent on Broadway that begun with Ziegfeld's 1910 Follies, Lillian Lorraine went directly to develop into the most recognized entertainers in the United States. Her passionately lived lifestyles made her a primary goal for the tabloid gossip doyens of the day. This biography recounts the early West Coast lifetime of this celebrity in addition to her coronation on Broadway, her paintings in silent movie, and her sexual liaisons that helped her achieve her notoriety. It additionally covers her eventual disappearance from public existence, her alcoholism and her demise, which went principally disregarded. She used to be buried in 1955 in a pauper's grave. The e-book contains first-hand own anecdotes and observations from lately came upon tapes, which have been recorded through a confidante of Lorraine's.
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He had come up through the ranks in early vaudeville, and from his ﬁrst appearance in the Follies of 1910, it was widely predicted he had the talent to be one of the greatest comedians the musical comedy stage had ever produced. Reasonably well-educated, Williams was trained ﬁrst as a civil engineer, but by 1895, at the age of twenty-one, he was already following his natural bent. He was touring with a musical group. Ziegfeld came to know Williams for his excellent sense of timing, pantomime and mimicry, honed during his many years on the road as a minstrel and vaudevillian.
But here again, the wisest managerial calculation proved wrong. New York paid nearly $20,000 a week to see the “Follies” as a roof garden show, but they ignored it absolutely as the attraction at a regular theatre. I and my associates were in dismay. It looked as though the only possible ﬁeld for the “Follies” would be as a summer diversion in New York. Mr. Erlanger suggested that we experiment in at least one [other] city and I took “The Follies of 1907” to the National Theatre in Washington late in September.
For observers with long memories, the Baby Snooks character was a veiled take-off from a Gus Edwards/Lillian Lorraine “Kidland” production number in the 1910 Follies. In spite of her revitalized and newfound success on the airwaves, Fanny did not forsake live theatre or ﬁlms. Her Hollywood career, with only two exceptions, was limited mostly to cameo roles in big, splashy MGM musicals and comedy short subjects. Fanny was married three times. After suffering a debilitating stroke, she died in 1951 at the age of ﬁfty-nine, one of the truly great comediennes of the twentieth century.