"Hello from Wonder Media Network. I'm Jenny Kaplan and this is encyclopedia. Will Manteca Annika today. Were heading back to the era of US prohibition to talk about a woman known worldwide for her beauty whose colorful colorful journey included forays onto Broadway stages and into her own speakeasy. She crossed paths with European royals American can industrialists and world renowned mobsters meet Bell Livingstone. Isabel Graham was born in Rural Kansas in eighteen. Eighteen seventy five. The story goes that she was found as an infant in a patch of sunflowers in John and anagrams yard. John was the owner an editor of the local newspaper in her youth. Isabel move with her parents to Chicago. She was always a bit wild at at the age of seventeen. She ran away to join a musical theater company. Her father went searching and after finding her in Saginaw Michigan tried to bring her home in an attempt to avoid that fate Isabel proposed marriage to a total stranger in the lobby of the hotel. They were staying in. The man accepted her proposal. Kosal the marriage served its purpose and didn't last. The moment they were married Isabel fled. She moved to New York City to continue her acting career her she adopted the name Bell Livingstone and was soon on stage. I is a chorus girl and then is a lead. One of Bell's claims to fame was is that her physical measurements matched. Those of the Gibson girl a pinup drawing in the eighteen nineties then scenes depicting the ideal shape of a woman P.T. Barnum offered her a weekly salary of one thousand dollars to work for him but she turned him down. She was too busy hobnobbing with elites like Teddy Roosevelt in the early nineteen. Hundreds fell traveled to London with a Broadway show from there. She moved on terrace where she ran her own salon. One journalist called her the most dangerous woman in Europe because of her beauty. It certainly got her a lot of attention. Bell said she she had many affairs with prominent European men and she married three more times wants to an Italian count wants to an English engineer and wants to a wealthy off the guy from Cleveland in nineteen twenty seven. When Bell was fifty two years old? She left her Parisian Life and returned to New York City. It was the time of prohibition in the US the Eighteenth amendment to the Constitution had been ratified in nineteen nineteen banning the manufacture sale and and transportation of alcoholic beverages. Prohibition may have shut down legal sales of bees but it opened up a whole new kind of business. The speakeasy bell got hooked by the Secret debaucherous clubs. When she returned to New York from Paris friends took her to the speakeasy owned by Texas? Guinan a famous female speakeasy owner bell in Texas eventually became good friends. Bell decided she wanted to start her own. speakeasy specifically geared towards New York's wealthiest patrons she planned to charge an annual membership of two hundred dollars and she got an investor to back it. She found a house on East fifty. Second Street and opened the establishment stores. The bell couldn't make the money she needed and that first speakeasy closed. She wasn't giving up that easy in one thousand nine hundred ninety nine bell started another speakeasy called the silver room at three eighty four park avenue but it was soon raided by federal agents taking to heart the saying third. Time's The charm bell founded yet another New York City Club in a five storey house. At one twenty six east fifty eighth street. She asked competitor and Gangster Oni Madden. If opening this new club was okay with him in her. Nineteen fifty-nine Autobiography Bell recalled his Response Response. He said lady go as far as you like. Bell called her third attempted institution. V Eight Street Country Club it had Florentine nineteen ceilings marble floors an indoor mini golf range upon with Goldfish game. Rooms and more it's pre-selected patrons where the rich and and famous at the city. The Country Club opened its doors on October. Twenty Fifth Nineteen thirty to much fanfare the Russian archduke leopold and the English Duke of Manchester Manchester. Were there alongside industrialist John D Rockefeller Alc- opponent showed his face added only Matton opening night was a success. Ask but the good times didn't last federal agents raided the country club. A few weeks later and bell was caught trying to escape in her Red Silk Pajamas. Bell was charged with violating prohibition and was sentenced to thirty days in jail in Harlem when she got out she left New York to open speakeasies in Nevada. California and Texas Bell died in nineteen fifty seven when she was eighty two years old. She had arranged for a monument in a graveyard in France. That said this is the only stone left unturned bell. Livingstone's life reflected the glamour of the roaring twenties and the not not so glamorous life of starting a business and illicit one at that tune in tomorrow story of another tastes pinker. We'll be talking talking better woman who changed the world organizing special thanks to Liz. Caplan by favorite sister and co-creator."