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Playbill from M'lle. Innocence, New National Theatre, March 25, 1912.
A playbill from Ziegfeld's M'lle. Innocence starring Anna Held in 1912

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Mayo and Tally performing J. Leubrie Hill's "At the Ball That's All" 1915.

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Showman Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. Was Born
March 21, 1869

A charming French-born actress named Anna Held suggested the idea for the Ziegfeld Follies. Held inspired Ziegfeld to create a musical revue like the ones she had seen in Paris, featuring pretty chorus girls, chic costumes, and comedy. Why not? American girls were "the most beautiful girls in the world," she said. In New York, Ziegfeld produced the first of the spectacular Follies, the Follies of 1907, starring--who other than?--Anna Held. It was a hit! The popular Follies continued, updated each year until the Great Depression. Here's a hit from the Follies of 1913.
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CREDIT: "F. Ziegfeld, Jr., Inc., presents Anna Held in M'lle. Innocence, a musical entertainment produced under the personal direction of F. Ziegfeld, Jr.," 1912.
AUDIO CREDIT: Hill, J. Leubrie. "At the ball that's all / J. Leubrie Hill ; [performed by ] Mayo and Tally.," 1915. Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound, Library of Congress. Call Number Edison Diamond Disc 50238-R.