Dastardly Past: Beulah Annan

The Dastardly Past:  Beulah Annan.


On this day (April 3) in 1924, mechanic’s wife Beulah Annan of Chicago argues with her lover whereupon they both reach for a gun lying on the bed.  Annan gets it first and shoots him, claiming self-defense.  She is arrested, tried, and acquitted, becoming the inspiration for the character of Roxy Hart in the 1926 play Chicago, by Maurine Dallas Watkins.  Watkins’ play has since been adapted as a silent movie, a remake starring Ginger Rogers, a stage musical, a revival, and a movie musical.

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