Anna Held was the most glamorous musical-comedy star of the Edwardian era, yet her early death and lack of film credits caused her to vanish from the public memory. Here is the woman who helped her husband Florenz Ziegfeld create his famed Follies, who rose from the slums of Warsaw to the heights of Paris and Broadway, and who died a war heroine.
“Anna Held personified ‘everything that was glamorous about Broadway, everything that was naughty about Paris’... Golden succeeds in communicating Held’s charm.” —The New York Times Book Review
“In this extravagantly entertaining biography, Golden places Held squarely center stage... while painting a meticulously detailed portrait of the dawn of the last century... Readers [will] succumb to her vibrantly told tale.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“Consistently fascinating... Golden does very well with the difficult job of bringing an extinct cultural world back to life.” —The Palm Beach Post
University Press of Kentucky, 2000 243 pages, 69 photos
Anna Held visiting a Los Angeles ostrich farm, 1911
The Brief, Madcap Life of Kay Kendall
The stunningly beautiful British actress whose life was wilder, sexier and ultimately more tragic than her film roles. Called the best screwball comic of the 1950s, Kay rollicked, bullied and romanced her way though life — with the help of her sister Kim and such friends as Dirk Bogarde, Carole Matthau and Roddy McDowall, here is a portrait of a woman who needs a film biography, if anyone does.
"Golden grapples nobly with this captivating sprite, and the difficulty of how to assess Kendall's potential greatness alongside her undoubtedly zestful spirit." — The London Times
"Be grateful that it has found its way into print on this side of the Atlantic." — The Washington Post
"The whole book exudes a wonderful spirit of fun . . . Golden does a marvelous job of juggling the lightness of Kay's life and the terrible reality of her death." — Classic Images
University Press of Kentucky, 2002 208 pages, 42 photos