Miss Lily Elsie reading (1909). Rotary Photo, E.C., 11426. Foulsham and Banfield. Cabinet card.
Miss Lily Elsie (1886-1962) made her name on the opening night of The Merry Widow, in London, on 8th June 1907. Overnight she had the town at her feet. 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.