Lillian Russell 1861-1922

Named after Victorian starlet and Saratoga resident Lillian Russell, Lillian’s Restaurant has been a Saratoga tradition since it openedĀ in January of 1974.

Lillian Russell

Lillian Russell, billed as the English Ballad Singer, made her first appearance on Broadway in 1880. By 1891, this beautiful & talented woman was the star of Lillian Russell Opera Company. Retiring from the stage in 1921, Ms. Russell continued her public life by selling World War I Bonds & recruiting for the U.S. Marine Corps. Besides her stage life, Lillian is also remembered for her summers in Saratoga Springs, with the flamboyant Diamond Jim Brady.