Madeleine Carroll as 'Elsa Carrington' - 1936 - Hat by Lilly Daché - Secret Agent - Director: Alfred Hitchcock - @~ Mlle

Madeleine Carroll. Edith Madeleine Carroll (1906–1987) English actress, popular both in Britain and America in the 1930s and 1940s. At the peak of her success she was the highest paid actress in the world, earning a then staggering $250,000 in 1938. The first of director Alfred Hitchcock's icy blonde heroines in The 39 Steps, remembered for abandoning her acting career after the death of her sister Marguerite in the London Blitz to devote herself to helping wounded servicemen and children.

Madeleine Carroll in Hitchcock’s The Secret Agent (1936)

Madeleine Carroll was the first notable of Alfred Hitchcock’s “icy-cool” blondes being cast in both The 39 Steps (1935) and Secret Agent (1936).

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

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The Banton Connection One of Lilly’s pals was Travis Banton, one of the brightest and best costumers in Thirties Hollywood’s. Travis introduced Lilly to Carole Lombard on set, during one of Lilly’s increasingly frequent trips to Hollywood.

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

Marion Davies was Lilly’s first Hollywood celebrity customer (that’s her, above and below).

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

Grace Kelly & Alfred Hitchcock

British actress Madeleine Carroll (1906–1987) was a blonde beauty of ladylike demeanour. The first of Alfred Hitchcock's ‘ice-cool blondes’ was immensely popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s, and was nicknamed The Queen of British Cinema.

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Alfred Hitchcock