TORCH NOIR by GRAHAM WYND

Find out about Libby Holman and the #noir movies about her.

Punk Noir Magazine

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Libby Holman (1904 – 1971) by Sarony New York, ca. 1928.

The torch singer Libby Holman had a life so wild there have been at least two films inspired by it. In 1904 she was born to what had been a well-to-do Jewish family in Ohio—that is until her uncle embezzled all their money. Young Elizabeth graduated from the University of Cincinnati but she soon headed to Broadway to pursue the glitter. She became pals with actor Clifton Webb (noiristas know him as Lyle Waldecker in Laura), who dubbed her ‘The Statue of Libby’ (witty guy).

They both appeared in the revue The Little Show in 1929, which proved to be her big break. Her torchy rendition of the bluesy ‘Moanin’ Low’ struck a chord and she had curtain calls every night to hear her sing it again.

Soon everyone on Broadway was gaga for her sexy delivery and…

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