Elisabeth Welch (1904-2003), Singer
Sitter in 19 portraits
Born in New York, she made her Broadway debut in 1922 but left America to work in Paris in 1929. There met Cole Porter who invited her to appear in his musical Nymph Errant (1933) in London. Settled in England, becoming one of the great divas of the stage musical and further endearing herself to British audiences in the BBC Radio series Soft Lights and Sweet Music during the 1930s. Also appeared in numerous films including Around the Town (1938), Over the Moon (1937) This was Paris (1942) and Fiddlers Three (1944). In her final screen appearance, dressed in gold, she delivered the torch song Stormy Weather in Derek Jarman's adaptation of The Tempest.