Anna Held

Actress + Singer
Born Mar 19, 1872

Helene Anna Held was a Polish-born stage performer, most often associated with impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, her common-law husband.

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1872 Birth Born on March 19, 1872.
1873 1 Year Old Born in Warsaw, Congress Poland, Russian Empire, she was the daughter of a German-Jewish glove maker, Shimmle (aka Maurice) Held, and his French-Jewish wife, Yvonne Pierre. Sources of her year of birth range from 1865 to 1873, but 1872 has been accepted in general. … Read More


1894 22 Years Old Around this time, she became the wife of a much-older Uruguayan playboy, Maximo Carrera, with whom she had a daughter, Liane (1895–1988), shortly after their 1894 marriage, and who became an actress and producer, sometimes billed as Anna Held, Jr.
1896 24 Years Old Touring through Europe, Held was appearing in London in 1896 when she met Florenz Ziegfeld. … Read More


1905 33 Years Old From 1905, Held enjoyed several successes on Broadway which, apart from bolstering Ziegfeld's fortune, made her a millionaire in her own right. … Read More
1907 35 Years Old Held suggested the format for what would eventually become the famous Ziegfeld Follies in 1907, and helped Ziegfeld establish the most lucrative phase of his career.
1908 36 Years Old Held could not perform in the first Follies as she had become pregnant by Ziegfeld in late 1908. … Read More
1909 37 Years Old In 1909, Ziegfeld began an affair with the actress Lillian Lorraine; Held remained hopeful that his fascination would pass and he would return to her, but instead he turned his attentions to another actress Billie Burke, whom he would marry in 1914. … Read More


1917 45 Years Old The year 1917 was one of constant touring for Held; she toured in a production of Follow Me until ill health caused her to close the show in January 1918. … Read More
1918 46 Years Old Held died on 12 August 1918 from multiple myeloma at age 46. … Read More
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