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Criminal: Original 'It Girl'

A drawing of Evelyn Nesbit, a recreation of Charles Dana Gibson's "The Eternal Question".
Julienne Alexander
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Criminal
Evelyn Nesbit posed for Charles Dana Gibson's drawing "The Eternal Question".

Before anyone knew what an "It Girl" was, there was Evelyn Nesbit.

The actress and model was one of the most famous faces of early 20th century America.

Nesbit was also an iconic Gibson Girl.

She would become the center of attention for two prominent New York City businessmen and their obsessions with her would alter the course of her life.

This story has been corrected to reflect the spelling of a name. Her name is Evelyn Nesbit, not Evelyn Nesbitt.

Eric Hodge hosts WUNC’s broadcast of Morning Edition, and files reports for the North Carolina news segments of the broadcast. He started at the station in 2004 doing fill-in work on weekends and All Things Considered.
Phoebe Judge is an award-winning journalist whose work has been featured on a numerous national radio programs. She regularly conducts interviews and anchors WUNC's broadcast of Here & Now. Previously, Phoebe served as producer, reporter and guest host for the nationally distributed public radio program The Story. Earlier in her career, Phoebe reported from the gulf coast of Mississippi. She covered the BP oil spill and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. Phoebe's work has won multiple Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards. Phoebe was born and raised in Chicago and is graduate of Bennington College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
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