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Adah Isaacs Menken

Racy actress Adah Isaacs Menken appears in her last performance

May 30, 1868

Adah Isaacs Menken, a racy actress whose cult of personality brought her stardom, gave her last performance.

Adah Isaacs Menken

In her short but remarkable life, actress Adah Isaacs Menken became legendary for her scandalous defiance of convention.

Theater in the United States

For over a hundred years, Jewish women have been involved in the American theater as writers, actors, directors, designers and producers. The vitality of the Yiddish theater, the splendor of Broadway, the rich tapestry of the regional theater—and everything in between—all owe a debt to the Jewish women who have given of their talents, their energy, their drive, and their dreams.

Adah Isaacs Menken

Internationally famous for her starring role in the equestrian melodrama Mazeppa, in which she was stripped on stage to a flesh-colored body stocking, lashed to the back of the “wild horse of Tartary,” and sent flying on a narrow ramp above the theater, Adah Isaacs Menken consistently defied social mores.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Adah Isaacs Menken." (Viewed on October 18, 2017) <https://jwa.org/taxonomy/term/14757>.

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