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Unknown photographer... and Irene Purcell? Mitzi Hajos?     8:17 AM
by Vlad for group historicalziegfeld Dec 4, 2011

Irene Purcell

Mitzi Hajos

"Mitzi Hajos—this diminutive prima dona from Hungary became a star in comic operas when William Morris brought her to Broadway during the World War I with “Sari” and “Pom-Pom.” Blessed with a sweet lyric soprano, nimble feet, and wit, she won a great popular audience. Indeed one anonymous admirer bestowed upon her an 11 carat diamond which she wore as a pendant as a trademark early in her career. She made the popularity of Jerome Kern’s “Head Over Heals” in 1918. She was distinctive for not seeking a career in grand opera. Her versatility and stage presence enabled her transition into an actress in the 1930s. She played Gay Wellington in 1936’s smash hit, “You Can’t Take it With You.” [David S. Shields]


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