- orig. Helen Louise Leonardborn Dec. 4, 1861, Clinton, Iowa, U.S.died June 6, 1922, Pittsburgh, Pa.U.S. singer and actress.She made her stage debut while still in her teens. She achieved stardom in Grand Mogul (1881) and later won acclaim in The Grand Duchess (1890). From 1899 to 1904 she appeared in England and the U.S. with a burlesque company. Representing the feminine ideal of her generation, she was as famous for her flamboyant personal life as for her hourglass figure, her beauty, and her voice. After her fourth marriage in 1912, she wrote a syndicated column on health, beauty, and love and lectured on these topics before vaudeville audiences.
* * *▪ American actressoriginal name Helen Louise Leonardborn Dec. 4, 1861, Clinton, Iowa, U.S.died June 6, 1922, Pittsburgh, Pa.American singer and actress in light comedies who represented the feminine ideal of her generation. She was as famous for her flamboyant personal life as for her beauty and voice.Helen Leonard attended convent and private schools in Chicago. About 1877 or 1878 she was taken by her mother to New York City, where her early training in voice and violin was supplemented by a year of opera study. Her first stage role was in the chorus of a Brooklyn company performing H.M.S. Pinafore in 1879. In November 1880 she made her New York City debut under the name Lillian Russell at Tony Pastor's variety theatre.Russell attained stardom as D'Jemma in The Snake Charmer, a version of Edmond Audran's comic opera Le Grand Mogul, in October 1881, and she then played in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience and The Sorcerer and Jacques Offenbach's The Princess of Trebizonde. She made her London debut in July 1883 in Edward Solomon's Virginia and Paul.Returning to the United States in 1884, Russell was in the news frequently because of her personal life—her marriage to Solomon in 1884 was annulled nine years later after his arrest for bigamy, two of her other three marriages ended in divorce, and she was for 40 years a frequent companion of tycoon James Buchanan (“Diamond Jim”) Brady (Brady, James Buchanan).Celebrated for her beauty and her clear, pleasant soprano voice, she was, for a generation, the feminine ideal incarnate. Her most difficult roles were in two Offenbach operas, as Fiorella in The Brigands (1889) and in the title role in The Grand Duchess (1890). From 1891 to 1893 she headed the Lillian Russell Opera Company. She joined Joe Weber and Lew Fields's burlesque company in 1899 and sang in their productions—Whirligig, Fiddle-dee-dee, Hoity-Toity, Twirly-Whirly, and Whoop-dee-doo—until they broke up in 1904.After 1912 she appeared only rarely on the stage and began to write articles on beauty for the women's pages of the Chicago Herald and the Chicago Tribune.Additional ReadingDonald Ray Schwartz and Anne Aull Bowbeer, Lillian Russell: A Bio-Bibliography (1997); Armond Fields, Lillian Russell (1999).
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