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Actresses Collection (#3)

Background imageActresses Collection: Gertrude Lawrence

Gertrude Lawrence
British actress, singer, dancer and musical comedy performer Gertrude Lawrence (1898-1952). Around this time she was appearing in revue shows in London and New York. Date: circa 1925

Background imageActresses Collection: Margaret Bannerman

Margaret Bannerman
Canadian actress Margaret Bannerman (1896-1976) appearing in Camilla States Her Case at the Globe Theatre in London. Later in 1925 her career would be interrupted when she suffered a nervous

Background imageActresses Collection: Dorothy Seacombe

Dorothy Seacombe (1906-1994) was a British actress who went on to have a film career. Here she is appearing in a stage production of Just Married at the Comedy Theatre. Date: circa 1925

Background imageActresses Collection: Laura Cowie in Yoicks!

Laura Cowie in Yoicks!
Laura Cowie (1892-1969) was a Scottish stage and silent film actress. Here she is portraying Lucrezia Borgia in the revue show Yoicks! at the Kingsway Theatre. Date: circa 1925

Background imageActresses Collection: Flora Le Breton

Flora Le Breton (1899-1951) was an English stage and silent film actress who moved to the United States in 1924. Date: circa 1924

Background imageActresses Collection: Fay Compton With Dog

Fay Compton With Dog
Versatile actress Fay Compton (1894-1978) was born Virginia Compton-Mackenzie. Her theatre career embraced Shakespeare, comedy, pantomime, drama and the classics, and she appeared in over 40 films

Background imageActresses Collection: Roberta Huby

Roberta Huby
Actress Roberta Huby (1913-1995) was appearing in Dick Whittington in Blackpool. Date: 1940

Background imageActresses Collection: Theatre goes rural

Theatre goes rural
With many London theatres closed, this production of On Approval was rehearsed in a barn in Buckinghamshire, then toured the provinces. Date: 1940

Background imageActresses Collection: Judith Barrett

Judith Barrett
American actress Judith Barrett (1909-2000), also known as Lucille Kelley and Nancy Dover. Her final film role was to be a year later in Those Were the Days! Date: circa 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Joan Crawford and Charles Martin

Joan Crawford and Charles Martin
Hollywood actor Joan Crawford (1908?-1977) with Charles Martin at the theatre. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Virginia Field and Hal Roach, Jr

Virginia Field and Hal Roach, Jr
Actress Virginia Field (1917-1992) and producer Hal Roach, Jr (1918-1972) in Hollywood. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Anna Neagle and Sir Cedric Hardwicke

Anna Neagle and Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Actors Anna Neagle (1904-1986) and Sir Cedric Hardwicke (1893-1964) at supper in Hollywood. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Renee Houston advertising Ovaltine

Renee Houston advertising Ovaltine
Scottish actress and performer Renee Houston (1902-1980) in an advert promoting the re-vitalising effects of Ovaltine. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Virginia Dale

Virginia Dale
Actress Virginia Dale (1917-1994) near the beginning of her film and television career. Date: circa 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Jany Holt at the Marigny Theatre

Jany Holt at the Marigny Theatre
Jany Holt (1909-2005), born Ruxandra Vladescu Olt, was a Romanian actress who worked extensively in French cinema. At the time of publication she was appearing in the play Box B at the Marigny

Background imageActresses Collection: Gracie Fields at Capri

Gracie Fields at Capri
Actress Gracie Fields (1898-1979) retreated to her villa in Capri to recuperate from cervical cancer. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Olivia de Havilland, Franchot Tone and Joan Fontaine

Olivia de Havilland, Franchot Tone and Joan Fontaine
Actors - and sisters - Olivia de Havilland (1916-2020) and Joan Fontaine (1917-2013) with actor Franchot Tone (1905-1968) at the Trocadero in Hollywood. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Ginger Rogers and David Niven

Ginger Rogers and David Niven
Ginger Rogers (1911-1995) and David Niven (1910-1983) in publicity for the film Bachelor Mother'. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Sally Eilers and Charles Laughton

Sally Eilers and Charles Laughton
Actors Sally Eilers (1908-1978) and Charles Laughton (1899-1962) at lunch. Laughton was shortly to play Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and had been tasked to lose three stone for the role

Background imageActresses Collection: Ann Sheridan in Winter Carnival

Ann Sheridan in Winter Carnival
American actress Ann Sheridan (1915-1967), real name Clara Lou Sheridan, here appearing in the film Winter Carnival'. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Maurice Chevalier and Marie Dea

Maurice Chevalier and Marie Dea
Actors Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972) and Marie Dea (1912-1992) appearing in the film Pieges ('Personal Column'). Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Peggy Ashcroft and Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

Peggy Ashcroft and Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies
Peggy Ashcroft (1907-1991) appearing as Cecily Cardew and Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies (1891-1992) as Gwendolyn Fairfax, in a production of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Globe Theatre. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Lili Damita and Errol Flynn

Lili Damita and Errol Flynn
Hollywood actress Lili Damita (1904-1994) had retired from film-making by the time of this photograph. Here she is with her husband Errol Flynn (1909-1959). Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: A Gone With The Wind party

A Gone With The Wind party
Actress Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), film producer David O. Selznick (1902-1965) and actress Olivia de Havilland (1916-2020) at the Trocadero

Background imageActresses Collection: J. B. Priestley and Joyce Barbour

J. B. Priestley and Joyce Barbour
Writer J.B. Priestley (1894-1984) and actress Joyce Barbour (1901-1977), team captains in an actresses versus authors cricket match in Regent's Park. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Writer A. P. Herbert, bowling

Writer A. P. Herbert, bowling
Writer A.P. Herbert (1890-1971) bowling during an actresses versus authors cricket match in Regent's Park. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Ulla Poulson Skou, Danish ballerina

Ulla Poulson Skou, Danish ballerina
Ulla Poulson Skou (1905-2001) the Danish ballerina and actress. Date: circa 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Ursula Jeans and Alec Waugh, cricketing

Ursula Jeans and Alec Waugh, cricketing
Actress Ursula Jeans (1906-1973) and novelist Alec Waugh (1898-1981) in an actresses versus authors cricket match in Regent's Park. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Gracie Fields

Gracie Fields (1898-1979) in Shipyard Sally'. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Loretta Young and Jimmie Stewart

Loretta Young and Jimmie Stewart
Holloywood stars Loretta Young (1913-2000) and James Jimmie Stewart (1908-1997) at Cafe Victor Hugo. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Dorothy Lamour

Dorothy Lamour
Hollywood actress and singer Dorothy Lamour (1914-1996), perhaps best known for her roles in the Road to... movies. Date: circa 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Ann Sheridan

Ann Sheridan (1915-1967) was an American actress and singer, born Clara Sheridan. Here she is being celebrated for her first starring role in Winter Carnival

Background imageActresses Collection: Actress Greta Garbo

Actress Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo (1905-1990) sporting her long bob hairstyle. Date: circa 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: The cast of Weep For Spring

The cast of Weep For Spring
Actors Stephen Haggard (1911-1943), Athene Seyler (1889-1990), Peggy Ashcroft (1907-1991)and Nicholas Hannen (1881-1972) in a publicity photograph for the play Weep For Spring

Background imageActresses Collection: Cary Grant and Lucile Fairbanks

Cary Grant and Lucile Fairbanks
Hollywood stars Cary Grant (1904-1986) and Lucile Fairbanks (1917-1999) at the Clover Club. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) the American actress, wearing what was viewed at the time as relatively masculine clothing. Date: 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: British actress Anna Neagle

British actress Anna Neagle (1904-1986), later made a Dame, and born Florence Wilcox. This publicity photograph is from her first Hollywood outing

Background imageActresses Collection: Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers
American actress, singer and dancer Ginger Rogers (1911-1995). At this period of her career she was developing her reputation as a nonmusical actor. Date: circa 1939

Background imageActresses Collection: Maria Luisa Castaneda, or Movita

Maria Luisa Castaneda, or Movita
American actress Maria Luisa Castaneda (1916-2015), also known as Movita. She appeared in films such as Flying Down to Rio and Mutiny on the Bounty At the time, she is Mrs Jack Doyle

Background imageActresses Collection: British actors at a microphone

British actors at a microphone
British actors Greer Garson (1904-1996), Leslie Howard (1893-1943), Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), Brian Aherne (1902-1986), Ronald Coleman (1891-1958) and Basil Rathbone (1892-1967) in Hollywood

Background imageActresses Collection: Actress Valli Valli

Actress Valli Valli
Born Valli Knust in Berlin, Valli Valli (1882-1927) spent most of her life in England. She was a musical comedy actress who later made a transition into silent films. Date: circa 1910

Background imageActresses Collection: Cecile Sorel, French actress

Cecile Sorel, French actress
Cecile Sorel (1873-1966) was a French comic actress, noted for her extravagant costumes, and here being feted as the best dressed woman in Europe. Date: circa 1910

Background imageActresses Collection: Marie -Louise Derval, actress

Marie -Louise Derval, actress
Marie-Louise Derval was a French actress, who went on to have a career in silent film. Here she is depicted in a Russian costume she wore when being presented to the Czar. Date: circa 1910

Background imageActresses Collection: Fred Terry and his daughter Phillida Terson

Fred Terry and his daughter Phillida Terson
Fred Terry (1863-1933) was an English actor and theatrical manager. Here he is seen with his daughter Phyllis Neilson-Terry (1892-1977) who was then performing under the name of Phillida Terson

Background imageActresses Collection: Sir Herbert Tree and Miss Evelyn Millard

Sir Herbert Tree and Miss Evelyn Millard
Sir Herbert Tree (1852-1917) as Mark Antony and Miss Evelyn Millard (1869-1941) as Portia, in publicity for a production of Julius Caesar at His Majesty's Theatre in London. Date: 1910

Background imageActresses Collection: Gabrielle Rejane, French actress

Gabrielle Rejane, French actress
Publicity photograph for Madame Gabrielle Rejane (1856-1920), a French actress, visiting London to perform in the play Lolotte at the Hippodrome. Date: circa 1910

Background imageActresses Collection: Gaby Deslys, variety star

Gaby Deslys, variety star
Gaby Deslys (1881-1920), a French singer, actress and variety star. These photographs are being used to publicize her appearance in Les Caprices de Suzette at the Alhambra Theatre in London

Background imageActresses Collection: Nina Mae McKinney, actress (1912-1967), studio portraits in elegant gowns

Nina Mae McKinney, actress (1912-1967), studio portraits in elegant gowns. Captioned, That Harlem Rhythm: Miss Nina Mae McKinney makes Her London Break'



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