Follow up on yesterday’s Chicago (silent film from 1927) post:
The main female characters in Chicago were based on Beulah Annan (first photo, 1924,who inspired Roxie Hart) and Belva Gaertner (second photo, 1917,who inspired Velma Kelly).
Both women were on Chicago’s Murderess’ Row. Chicago Tribune reporter Maurine Watkins had covered both their trials, eventually writing a stage play called, Chicago, which ran for 172 shows.
The 1927 silent film followed, then came a 1942 motion picture called Roxie Hart, starring Ginger Rogers.
The Broadway musical debuted in 1975 and the award winning film starring Renee Zellweger came in 2002.
For more details about each woman visit their wiki pages:
Also, check out Douglas Perry’s book, “The Girls of Murder City” from 2010.