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Hey Pretty Lady: Lily Elsie

Miss Lily Elsie (1886 - 1962). On the stage Elsie seemed mysteriously beautiful with her perfect Grecian profile, enormous blue eyes, and hauntingly sad smile. Tall, cool, and lily-like, she moved with lyrical gestures in a slow-motion grace.

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

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Lily Elsie. Most photographed woman of the Edwardian era, for very good reason.

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Lily Elsie. Edwardian elegance. Early 1900’s. Lily Elsie was a popular English actress and singer during the Edwardian era (1901-1910). Admired for her beauty and charm on stage, Elsie became one of the most photographed women of Edwardian times.

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The classic Gibson girl. Is it any wonder that this look has lasted for hundreds of years as an ideal of feminine beauty?

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Vintage Photography: Lily Elsie (1886-1962) from http://retro-vintage-photography.blogspot.com/2011/10/lily-elsie-1886-1962.html

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