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December 31, 2020

The Jersey Lily: 40 Glamorous Photos of Lillie Langtry in the Late 19th Century

Born 1853 as Emilie Charlotte Le Breton on the island of Jersey, British-American socialite, actress and producer Lillie Langtry moved to London in 1876 upon marrying. Her looks and personality attracted interest, commentary, and invitations from artists and society hostesses, and she was celebrated as a young woman of great beauty and charm.

By 1881, Langtry had become an actress and starred in many plays in the UK and the United States, including She Stoops to Conquer, The Lady of Lyons, and As You Like It, eventually running her own stage production company.

In later life, Langtry performed “dramatic sketches” in vaudeville. She was also known for her relationships with noblemen, including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Shrewsbury, and Prince Louis of Battenberg. She was the subject of widespread public and media interest.

Langtry was nicknamed “The Jersey Lily”. She died of pneumonia in Monte Carlo in 1929, aged 75.

Take a loo at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Lillie Langtry in the late 19th century.


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