A first lady like no other
Many people didn't know quite what to make of Eleanor Roosevelt when she became the first lady of the land in 1933. She had many interests, and pursued them energetically.
Empress of the Galopagos
Eloise Wehrborn de Wagner-Bousquet left Europe in 1932 and settled on an island in the Galapagos, where she tried to set herself up as an empress.
Zion City's Wacky Wizard
Wilbur Glenn Voliva was an evangelist who for several years ruled an Illinois town with the power of a dictator. He also was convinced the world was flat.
Those marrying Mdivanis
They passed themselves off as princes, and had little trouble marrying and fleecing rich American women. Along the way, one of the Mdivanis married heiress Barbara Hutton.
Wall Street finally exhausted him
Jesse Livermore knew how to make a fortune in a hurry, but there came a time — after a series of up and downs  — that he couldn't take the game any longer.

No wonder this lady sang the blues
Libby Holman had a promising career as a singer and actress when she married a young tobacco heir. After his mysterious death, Ms. Holman's life became a long, often tragic melodrama

She was the hottest thing at the World's Fair
The biggest thing in Chicago in 1933 was the World's Fair, called Century of Progress. And the hottest attraction was fan dancer Sally Rand, who appeared to perform in the nude.
What is it about jewel thieves?
"Boston Billy" Sullivan and Arthur Barry robbed people, but, as jewel thieves, their exploits were often fantasized in newspapers and magazines.
On Safari in Missouri
Earning a place in the Hall of Shame was Denver M. Wright, who bought two rather docile lions and set them loose on an island as the prey in a ridiculous "safari" he organized in Missouri in 1933.