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Menken-Adah - still image

Menken-Adah - still image

Adah Isaacs Menken became famous when she appeared "nude" while strapped to a horse in the melodrama Mazeppa (she was actually wearing a flesh-colored bodystocking). A shameless self-promoter, there is dispute as to whether she was born into Judaism or converted. There is no doubt, however, that she was outspoken and proud of her Jewish identity.

Institution: American Jewish Historical Society

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