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Lillian Russell

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The Resume

    (December 4, 1860-June 6, 1922)
    Born in Clinton, Iowa
    Birth name was Helen Louise Leonard
    Appeared in Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Patience' and 'The Sorcerer,' Jacques Offenbach's 'The Princess of Trebizonde' and the vaudeville vehicles 'Whoop-De-Doo' and 'Hokey Pokey'

Why she might be annoying:

    Despite being from Iowa, she was billed as an English ballad singer for her Broadway debut.
    She traveled to England to star in the debut of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Princess Ida,' but was fired by Sullivan after missing rehearsals (1894).
    Her second marriage was bigamous, since Edward Solomon had not bothered to get a divorce before marrying her.
    Her third marriage was to a gay opera singer, Giovanni Perugini.
    She shocked New York when she appeared on stage in men's clothing and smoking.

Why she might not be annoying:

    She was America's leading stage star of the Gay Nineties.
    She was known for her hourglass figure.
    She left Perugini after two months when he threatened to throw her out a window.
    She marched for women's suffrage.
    During World War I, she raised money for the war effort and recruited for the Marine Corps.

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    In 2023, Out of 8 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 5 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 9 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 3 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 5 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 11 Votes: 45.45% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 12 Votes: 41.67% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 19 Votes: 52.63% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 12 Votes: 41.67% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 9 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 20 Votes: 55.00% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 31 Votes: 38.71% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 31 Votes: 45.16% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 21 Votes: 61.90% Annoying