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Gina Palerme (1885-1977), Actress and dancer
Sitter in 24 portraits
Actress and dancer Gina Palerme first came to prominence as Toinette in Lionel Monckton's The Quaker Girl (1910). Other roles followed in The Dancing Mistress (1912), Betty (1914) and Vanity Fair (1916). Cecil Beaton was fascinated by her and wrote, 'Gina Palerme brought the glamour of the French cocotte to London. Her off-stage appearances were as sensational as her stage escapades...sometimes she wore a velvet tam-o'-shanter and men's riding breeches while relaxing in the richly ornate gilt of her Maida Vale drawing-room.' In the 1920s she returned to France and made appearances in several silent films.