Evelyn Nesbit, 1924

In 1924, when Dan Blanco’s Northern Lights Café was making headlines in Chicago’s newspapers, Evelyn Nesbit struggled to stay solvent and maintain her career as an entertainer.

At her home base, Hotel Martinique in Atlantic City, Nesbit was consumed with the on-going sanity hearings of her ex-husband, Harry K. Thaw. Simultaneously, she was battling with her current husband, Jack Clifford, seeking a divorce that was long overdue.

In between discussions with lawyers, Evelyn Nesbit performed in, of all things, a Yiddish play entitled “The Dance of Death.”

In Miami, Florida, she was scheduled to perform at a roadhouse when the Ku Klux Klan threatened to make her stay in the city very unpleasant. The management canceled her booking.

Never a dull moment in the life of Evelyn Nesbit.


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