Libby Holman

Decades Active: 1960s 1990s


Elsbeth Holzman, 23 May 1904, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, d. 18 June 1971, Stamford, Connecticut, USA. Holman was regarded by some as the first great white torch singer, and by others as ‘a dark purple menace’, because of her tempestuous private life. She played minor roles in Broadway musicals such as Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s The Garrick Gaieties (1925), but became a featured star in Merry-Go-Round (1927), and Rainbow (1928), in which she gave a languorous performance of ‘I Want A Man’. After making the US Top 10 in 1929 with ‘Am I Blue?’, she was acclaimed a major star following her performance in The Little Show, in which she sang ‘Can’t We Be Friends’ and ‘Moanin’ Low’. Holman received rave reviews for her sultry renditions of ‘Body And Soul’ and ‘Something To Remember Me By’ in Three’s A Crowd (1930). Her career declined following the shooting of her husband Zachary...

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