Elinor Glyn (nee Sutherland) (1864-1943), Novelist
Sitter in 5 portraits
The Romantic novelist, best known for her risqué book Three Weeks (1907). Seen here posing with her two marmalade coloured cats, which she named 'Candide' and 'Zadig' as a tribute to Voltaire. Glyn was 67 when this photograph was taken and swore by her beauty tips of keeping her face looking young by regularly scrubbing her face with a dry nail brush until it appeared crimson. Glyn invented 'It' defining sex appeal and wrote the screenplay for the film starring Clara Bow who was known as the first 'It girl'.
by Claude Harris
bromide print, late 1920s