Adah Isaacs Menken as Mazeppa. 1864.

Henry Mullins.

After marrying for a fourth and a fifth time she went to London and Paris. Adah caused much furor and had several shocking affairs, including one with Alexander Dumas (who was twice her age). She then became ill and couldn’t work anymore. Falling into poverty very quickly she wrote to a friend:

“I am lost to art and life. Yet, when all is said and done, have I not at my age tasted more of life than most women who live to be a hundred? It is fair, then, that I should go where old people go.

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