Phyllis Bedells (1893-1985), Dancer and choreographer
Sitter in 19 portraits
Bedells made her stage debut as the first oyster in Alice in Wonderland at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London, in 1906. The following year she joined the Empire Theatre, where she first appeared with Adeline Genée as the Demon Wrath in Rip van Winkle. She succeeded Lydia Kyasht in the title role of Titania and became principal dancer at the Empire, 1914-15, often partnered by Carlotta Mossetti. By 1920 she was acknowledged as the leading British dancer of the day. In the early 1930s she appeared with the Camargo Society and Vic-Wells Ballet. She retired from the stage in 1935.