Jessie Ellis, Actress, dancer and singer
Sitter in 3 portraits
Ellis was one of the chorus members of the In Dahomey company that travelled from New York and was featured in the second act as one of the singers of 'I wants to be a Actor Lady'. The full cast numbered over a hundred players and the production opened in London on the 16th May 1903 at the Shaftesbury Theatre and ran for over 250 performances. The popular success of the show was hugely boosted by a Royal Command Performance on the 23rd June at Buckingham Palace at a garden party to celebrate the ninth birthday of Edward, later Prince Of Wales, the eldest grandson of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.