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Lily Elsie, popular English actress and singer during the Edwardian era, best known for her starring role in the hit London premiere of Franz Lehár's operetta The Merry Widow.

American Duchess:Historical Costuming: V19: Staging Fashion, 1880-1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke {Video} | Historical Costuming and sewing of Rococo 18th century clothing, 16th century through 20th century, by designer Lauren Reeser

Lily Elsie was a popular actress and singer in Edwardian days. A century later, thanks to the Internet, she has been rediscovered. Her dreamy beauty was captured in scores of photographs. She posed in many beautiful dresses, but none so frequently as the one seen here. I haven't been able to discover who designed the gown (although one source claims it was Lucile) or what color it was, but that just sets us free to imagine.

"This photo of actress Raquel Torres was taken in the late 1920s or very early 30s. Raquel was a Mexican born American actress who's first starring role was in MGM's White Shadows of the South Seas in 1928. She was in several films in the late 20s and early 30s including Duck Soup with the Marx Brothers. Raquel abruptly retired from acting in 1934 after marrying New York businessman Stephen Ames. Torres died in 1987 at age 78." - Couture Allure

sublimely gorgeous image of Rita Hayworth in daring see-through laced dress (1918 Oct17 - 1987 May14, d. @68 from Alzheimer's) Am. dancer / film actress in 61 films over 37 years, in American Film Institute's 100 Greatest Stars of All Time • catholic parents, dad from Spain, mom Irish-Brit

Lily Elsie reading. Elsie (1886–1962) was a popular English actress and singer during the Edwardian era, best known for her starring role in the hit London premiere of Franz Lehár’s operetta The Merry Widow. “Perhaps her face is nearer to that of the Venus de Milo in profile than to any other famed beauty.

Maude Adams and Ethel Barrymore...they look unusually casual in contrast to other photos from this time period.