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Hats – 1896 – 1912

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Mary Pickford – The Tatler – Wednesday 27th May 1925

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Mary Miles Minter – The Tatler – April 1922

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Marie Louise Derval

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Elsie Ferguson – The Tatler – Wednesday 4th September 1907

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Vesta Tilley

 

Matilda Alice Powles (13 May 1864 – 16 September 1952) was an English music hall performer. She adopted the stage name Vesta Tilley and became one of the best-known male impersonators of her era. Her career lasted from 1869 until 1920. Starting in provincial theatres with her father as manager, she performed her first season in London in 1874. She typically performed as a dandy or fop, also playing other roles. She found additional success as a principal boy in pantomime.

By the 1890s, Tilley was England’s highest earning woman. She was also a star in the vaudeville circuit in the United States, touring a total of six times. She married Walter de Frece, a theatre impresario who became her new manager and songwriter. At a Royal Command Performance in 1912, she scandalised Queen Mary because she was wearing trousers. During the First World War she was known as “England’s greatest recruiting sergeant” since she sang patriotic songs dressed in khaki fatigues like a soldier and promoted enlistment drives.

Becoming Lady de Frece in 1919, she decided to retire and made a year-long farewell tour from which all profits went to children’s hospitals. Her last performance was in 1920 at the Coliseum Theatre, London. She then supported her husband when he became a Member of Parliament and later retired with him to Monte Carlo. She died in 1952 on a visit to London and is buried at Putney Vale Cemetery. Her life story was commemorated in the 1957 film After the Ball.

 

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Garrould’s – The Tatler – Wednesday 15th July 1936

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Emmy Wehlen – c1910

 

Emily “Emmy” Wehlen (1887–1977) was a German-born Edwardian musical comedy and silent film actress.

 

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Marilyn Miller – The Tatler – Wednesday 1st November 1922

Marilyn Miller (born Mary Ellen Reynolds; 1st September 1898 – 7th April 1936) she sadly died at the early age of of 37 after complications of sinus surgery. According to a friend, a fellow Ziegfeld Follies dancer, Marjorie Farnsworth, a pretty blue dress caught her eye, “Oh, I must have it,” she said to her friend. “For a special occasion?” her friend enquired. “Very special. I’m going into hospital tomorrow -.” “And you want to wear that dress when you leave? I don’t blame you, it’s lovely.” “Yes when I I leave. I want to be buried in it. I’m certain I won’t leave the hospital alive.” Three weeks later she died at Doctors Hospital of a toxic condition following surgery. There were whispers that she was plagued with symptoms associated with syphilis. (Probably contracted from her husband, Jack Pickford)

Vogel, M. (2007) “Olive Thomas – The Life and Death of a Silent Film Beauty,” McFarland & Company, Inc p126

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Rachel Lady Willoughby de Broke – The Tatler – 12th June 1940

 

Rachel Lady Willoughby de Broke poses in her uniform as Lady County Officer of the

St John’s Ambulance Association, Warwickshire, The Tatler – 12th June 1940

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