Lola Montez: The California Adventures Of Europe's Notorious Courtesan
Lola Montez: The California Adventures of Europe's Notorious Courtesan
This is the remarkable biography of that one woman whose California story has become legend.
The California Gold Rush had just passed it's peak-and so had the thirty-five year old Irish-woman when she first appeared in San Francisco. But Lola Montez still had great appeal; she retained a surfeit of overwhelming beauty, a cocky spirit and a quick wit, and she was well-known in the world at large for the distinguished male scalps she had collected, and for her scandalous antics all across Europe.
San Francisco, Sacramento, Marysville and Grass Valley played host to her temper, wit and grace, and received in the bargain a mine of gossip and scandal for their press. Lola ran her course through California's theatre circuit, always maintaining an air of importance and inviting passionate, if mixed, reviews. Quickly known, her path crossed with Alonzo Delano, John Sutter, John Southwick, Dr. David Gorman ("Yankee") Robinson, Gilmore Meredith, and others.
The few years Lola spent in northern California engendered a whole host of stories to which the passing of time has lent widespread credence. Some say that she came as the principal stockholder of Grass Valley's famous Empire Mine, and...
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