Adah Isaacs Menken (June 15, 1835 – August 10, 1868), was an American actress, painter and poet, and was the highest earning actress of her time. She was best known for her performance in the melodrama Mazeppa, with a climax that featured her apparently nude and riding a horse on stage. After great success for a few years with the play in New York and San Francisco, she appeared in a production in London and Paris, from 1864 to 1866. After a brief trip back to the United States, she returned to Europe. However, she became ill within two years and died in Paris at the age of 33.

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  • Adah Isaacs Menken (15 de junio de 1835 – 10 de agosto de 1868) fue una actriz, pintora, y poetisa estadounidense. Nació como Adah Bertha Theodore en New Orleans, Luisiana, de madre francesa criolla y del negro libre Auguste Theodore. Bailó como niña en New Orleans, La Habana y Texas. Posteriormente trabajó en San Francisco, California. Menken fue conocida por su poesía y pintura. En 1859 apareció en Broadway en la obra "The French Spy." Se conviritó al judaísmo y se casó con el músico judío, Alexander Isaac Menken. Su matrimonio fue de corta duración. Menken se separó, divorciándose posteriormente, aunque ella se mantuvo la religión por el resto de su vida. Tuvo cuatro matrimonios en el espacio de siete años- Fue esposa de John C. Heenan (y acusada de bigamia debido a que aún no se había legalizado el divorcio). Interpretó a "Mister Bones," un personaje trovador, e imitó a Edwin Booth como Hamlet y Richeliu. Se presentó con Blondin, un equilibrista de Niagara Falls. Su interpretación provocativa en el escenario, amarrada a la espalda de un caballo, vestida tan solo en mallas en Mazeppa la ayudaron para establecer su reputación de figura escandalosa. El 24 de agosto de 1863, el jefe del teatro San Francisco, Tom McGuire presentó Mazeppa con la señorita Menken. Después se convirtió en señora de Robert Henry Newel. Y tiempo después esposa de James Barkley. Los hechos probados de su vida se certificaron hasta 1938. (es)
  • Adah Isaacs Menken (June 15, 1835 – August 10, 1868), was an American actress, painter and poet, and was the highest earning actress of her time. She was best known for her performance in the melodrama Mazeppa, with a climax that featured her apparently nude and riding a horse on stage. After great success for a few years with the play in New York and San Francisco, she appeared in a production in London and Paris, from 1864 to 1866. After a brief trip back to the United States, she returned to Europe. However, she became ill within two years and died in Paris at the age of 33. Menken told many versions of her origins, including her name, place of birth, ancestry, and religion, and historians have differed in their accounts. Most have said she was born a Louisiana Creole Catholic of mixed race, with European and African ancestry. A celebrity who created sensational performances in the United States and Europe, she married several times and was also known for her affairs. She had two sons, both of whom died in infancy. Though she was better known as an actress, Menken sought to be known as a writer. She published about 20 essays, 100 poems, and a book of her collected poems, from 1855 to 1868 (the book was published posthumously). Early work was devoted to family and after her marriage, her poetry and essays featured Jewish themes. However, beginning with work published after moving to New York, with which she changed her style, Menken expressed a wide range of emotions and ideas about women's place in the world. Her collection Infelicia went through several editions and was in print until 1902. (en)
  • Adah Isaacs Menken (Nova Orleans, Louisiana, 15 de junho de 1835 - Paris, 10 de agosto de 1868) foi uma atriz, pintora e poeta norte-americana. Nasceu na cidade de Nova Orleans, no estado da Louisiana, Estados Unidos e seu nome de batismo era Adah Bertha Theodore, sendo filha de mãe francófona, Marie Theodore, e Auguste Theodore, um negro liberto. Quando criança, foi dançarina em Nova Orleans, Havana e Texas e, eventualmente, em São Francisco, Califórnia. Merken ficou conhecida por sua poesia e pintura. Em 1859, fez sua aparição na Broadway como atriz na peça The French Spy. (pt)
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  • Adah Isaacs Menken (Nova Orleans, Louisiana, 15 de junho de 1835 - Paris, 10 de agosto de 1868) foi uma atriz, pintora e poeta norte-americana. Nasceu na cidade de Nova Orleans, no estado da Louisiana, Estados Unidos e seu nome de batismo era Adah Bertha Theodore, sendo filha de mãe francófona, Marie Theodore, e Auguste Theodore, um negro liberto. Quando criança, foi dançarina em Nova Orleans, Havana e Texas e, eventualmente, em São Francisco, Califórnia. Merken ficou conhecida por sua poesia e pintura. Em 1859, fez sua aparição na Broadway como atriz na peça The French Spy. (pt)
  • Adah Isaacs Menken (June 15, 1835 – August 10, 1868), was an American actress, painter and poet, and was the highest earning actress of her time. She was best known for her performance in the melodrama Mazeppa, with a climax that featured her apparently nude and riding a horse on stage. After great success for a few years with the play in New York and San Francisco, she appeared in a production in London and Paris, from 1864 to 1866. After a brief trip back to the United States, she returned to Europe. However, she became ill within two years and died in Paris at the age of 33. (en)
  • Adah Isaacs Menken (15 de junio de 1835 – 10 de agosto de 1868) fue una actriz, pintora, y poetisa estadounidense. Nació como Adah Bertha Theodore en New Orleans, Luisiana, de madre francesa criolla y del negro libre Auguste Theodore. Bailó como niña en New Orleans, La Habana y Texas. Posteriormente trabajó en San Francisco, California. Menken fue conocida por su poesía y pintura. En 1859 apareció en Broadway en la obra "The French Spy." (es)
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