Adah Isaacs MenkenAdah Isaacs Menken
American Actress
1835 – 1868 A.D.

Adah Isaacs Menken, an American actress, born at New Orleans, La. She first appeared as a danseuse, and was received with marked favor in Cuba, Texas and Mexico.

In 1863 she visited London, and played with great success the rôle of Mazeppa, repeating her success later in Paris and Vienna. Her last appearance was in Paris where she died at the age of thirty-three.

Adah Menken was noted as a woman of extraordinary beauty, culture, and brilliancy. She was famous for her marriages and divorces: Alexander Isaacs Menken, musician (1856) John C. Heenam, pugilist (1859), Robert H. Newell, humorist (1863), and James Barclay (1866).

A volume of poetry by her was published as Infelicia (1868).


Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.

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