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”

Inspiration behind Well of Loneliness – Ep. 7 Play in new window | DownloadToupie Lowther is a side character in others’ sagas, including Radcylffe Hall’s the Well of Loneliness, but she was also international sports star and WWI ambulance driver. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) Toupie Lowther: Her Life by Val Brown Truly Wilde by Joan Schenkar Wild Girls: Sappho, Paris, andContinue reading “Inspiration behind Well of Loneliness – Ep. 7”

A Wilde One – Ep.6 Play in new window | DownloadDolly Wilde is known primarily for being Oscar Wilde’s niece and Natalie Barney’s lover, but she had an interesting life outside of that on her own. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) Truly Wilde by Joan Schenkar Wild Heart: A Life by Suzanne Rodriguez Romaine Brooks: A Life by CassandraContinue reading “A Wilde One – Ep.6”

Muse of Violets – Ep.5 Play in new window | DownloadRenee Vivien is a Belle Époque poet known for her poetry, short stories, tragic death, and affair with Natalie Barney that continues to be the talk/judgement of the internet. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) Renee Vivien by Andre Germain The Amazon and the Page by Karla Jay Wild Heart:Continue reading “Muse of Violets – Ep.5”