Lillian Russell was one of the most famous actresses and singers of the late 19th and early 20th century. She was known for her beauty, style, voice and stage presence.
For many years, she had been the leading singer in operettas and musical theatre in the United States.
Russell was married four times. In her later years she wrote a newspaper column, supported women's suffrage, was a popular lecturer and helped to pass the restrictive Immigration Act of 1924.