The Rabbit Tamer – Ep.17 Play in new window | DownloadÉmilienne d’Alençon is what one co-host likes to call the forgotten member of Les Grandes Trois of Belle Époque France. She is also the reason for the rabbits down this rabbit hole. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) Émilienne d’Alençon: Vivre d’amour en 1900 by Carole Wrona Trois Grâces deContinue reading “The Rabbit Tamer – Ep.17”

Real Life Nana – Ep. 16 Play in new window | DownloadAs Pixie calls her, Liane de Pougy’s fairy godmother of courtesanship started in the gutters of Paris and rose to the level of calling on the Emperor of France. Valtesse is even said to be the real life inspiration for Zola’s Nana. Not that she would ever be amusedContinue reading “Real Life Nana – Ep. 16”

Off and On Broadway – Ep.14 Play in new window | Download Bringing plays off Broadway, Eva Le Gallienne performed many of the same roles as Maude Adams and Sarah Bernhardt, but her life wasn’t as smooth. From lesbian divorce scandal to chronic unemployment, Le Gallienne played from stage to Hollywood. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) Shattered Applause: The LivesContinue reading “Off and On Broadway – Ep.14”

Grande Dame of the French Theater – Ep.12 Play in new window | Download Sarah Bernhardt was the premier actress of the French Theater during her lifetime, a lifetime that saw such antics as sleeping in coffins and liaisons with princes. There is a reason newspapers felt comfortable saying she had four children by four men, including a condemned murderer and theContinue reading “Grande Dame of the French Theater – Ep.12”

Origins of the Ballets Russes – Ep.11 Play in new window | DownloadIda Rubinstein didn’t die at the height of her fame but instead faded away into obscurity. Despite that ending, she was instrumental to the creation of the Ballets Russes and inspired both painters and writers. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) Dancing in the Vortex: The Story of Ida RubinsteinContinue reading “Origins of the Ballets Russes – Ep.11”

The Amazon – Ep. 10 Play in new window | DownloadOnce again, we take a look at Natalie Barney, but this time, we’re digging into some major works of her life. We’re looking at how she got her nickname, her Académie des Femmes, and some of her major works to support other writers. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) WildContinue reading “The Amazon – Ep. 10”

Silverpoint Art and Military Service – Ep.9 Play in new window | DownloadThelma Wood is known for her affair with the writer Djuna Barnes, which spawned the modernist masterpiece Nightwood. Nadine Huong is another side character and lover of Natalie Barney, despite her own adventures like service in the Chinese Army. Sources (Used/Read/Consulted Along the Way) Djuna: The Life and WorkContinue reading “Silverpoint Art and Military Service – Ep.9”

Greatest Woman Modernist Writer – Ep. 8 Play in new window | DownloadDjuna Barnes is renowned for her modernist masterpiece, Nightwood, despite the confusion it has caused for decades. It’s safe to say her worries of being sidelined as a writer never came to pass, even with Stein only commenting on her legs. Sources (Used/Read/Consulted Along the Way) Djuna: The LifeContinue reading “Greatest Woman Modernist Writer – Ep. 8”