Gaining popularity parallel to the advent of fashion photography in the early 20th century, Evelyn Nesbit is often referred to as the world's first supermodel. Her face was ubiquitous during the Edwardian Era and was often seen on postcards, tobacco cards and calendars.
Podcasts of Interest: ABC Gotham /// Evelyn Nesbit and the Trial of the Century
Books to Check Out: American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the "It" Girl and the Crime of the Century
Lily Elsie entered in to the public eye in one quick swoop on the evening of June 8th, 1907. Overnight audiences attending her play The Merry Widow couldn't get enough, and she quickly became one of the world's most photographed and publicized women. Despite her highly publicized persona, Elsie was quite shy and after only a couple years she stepped off stage opting for a quieter life.
Evelyn Laye was British actress who performed on the stages of London's opera scene, and later in life took to performing in New York and Hollywood.
Minnie Brown was an actress and singer in the early part of the 20th century. Minnie was a member of the Williams & Walker Vaudevillian troupe and spent most of 1902-1918 entertaining across Europe, Russia and the Far East.
Aida Overton Walker
Maude Fealy got her start as an actress during the silent film era but unlike many of her contemporaries her career continued on into the talkie era.