Camille Clifford (Camilla Antoinette Clifford) (1888-1970), Actress; former wife of Hon. Henry Lyndhurst Bruce and wife of John Meredith Evans
Sitter in 21 portraits
Although born in Denmark, she made her stage debut in the chorus of The Defender in New York, 1902. She came to London, where her beauty caused a sensation; hailed as the epitome of the 'Gibson Girl', the ideal created by the American artist Charles Dana Gibson. In 1905 Leslie Stiles wrote a song for her, 'Why Do They Call Me A Gibson Girl?' . Parts followed in The Catch of the Season (1905), and The Belle of Mayfair (1906). She retired to marry the Hon. Lyndhurst Henry Bruce, but made a brief return to the stage in The Girl of the Future in 1916. Thereafter she abandoned the theatre, and to all enquiries, her secretary would reply with, 'Mrs Bruce has no wish to discuss the past'.