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The Real Women Of “Murderess Row” And The Woman Who Told Their Story
Back to Notorious Chicago. Jan 7, Belva annan,the true roxie hart that inspired the musical chicago. The two who are the focus of the play, Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan clearly did the crimes. Belva shot her lover in the midst of a very. Set against the background of the Roaring Twenties, the articles by Watkins sensationalized the cases of Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner. Beulah Annan was just 20 years old when she left western Kentucky for At the same time of Beulah's much-publicized trial, Belva Gaertner. Beulah was a suspected murderess who soon after Belva gaertner was arrested for murder.
Her story inspired Maurine Dallas Watkins 's play Chicago in The play was adapted into a silent film , a stage musical , and a movie musical which won the Academy Award for Best Picture , all with that title, and a romantic comedy film, Roxie Hart , named for the character who Annan inspired. While living in Kentucky, she married her first husband, newspaper linotype operator Perry Stephens. They soon divorced , and Beulah then met car mechanic Albert "Al" Annan. They went to Chicago together, where they got married on March 29, In Chicago, Albert found work as a mechanic at a garage and Beulah eventually became a bookkeeper at Tennant's Model Laundry.
By Rebecca Price — Part of the appeal of Chicago — the longest-running American musical in Broadway history — is that although the events unfolding on stage occurred almost years ago, they feel current. In , year-old Maurine Dallas Watkins arrived in Chicago, a city quickly becoming a mecca for crime, liquor, and jazz. Watkins was an aspiring writer and playwright from Harvard University, and news writing was recommended as a way for writers to hone their craft and gain exposure to a broad range of human experiences. A cabaret singer and society divorcee, Belva Gartner pictured in lead photo climbed her way into high society. Between divorces from William Gaertner, a man 20 years her senior, she was arrested in March at the age of 40 for the murder of her year-old lover. Walter Law was found shot dead in his car after a night on the town with Gaertner. Found in her apartment with blood-stained clothes and admitting she found Law dead, Gaertner was arrested.