Gertrude Lawrence and Douglas Fairbanks Jr in 'Moonlight is Silver'

1 portrait of Gertrude Lawrence

Gertrude Lawrence and Douglas Fairbanks Jr in 'Moonlight is Silver', by Dorothy Wilding, 1934 - NPG x46509 - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

© William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Gertrude Lawrence and Douglas Fairbanks Jr in 'Moonlight is Silver'

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1934
9 5/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (244 mm x 263 mm) overall
Given by Gladys E. Slay, 1992
Photographs Collection
NPG x46509


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  • Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976), Photographer. Artist associated with 2113 portraits, Sitter in 30 portraits.

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Gertrude Lawrence starred opposite Douglas Fairbanks Jr (1909-2000) in Winifred Ashton's three act play Moonlight is Silver in 1934, which was written under her pseudonym Clemence Dane. The play was performed at London's Queen's Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue. Lawrence had an affair with Fairbanks Jr. and a year later played the title role of Mimi opposite his struggling playwright Rodolphe, in Paul Stein's film based upon Henri Murger's novel La Vie de Boheme (1851). Lawrence married theatre producer Richard Aldrich in 1940 and Wilding's 1942 photograph of Lawrence and Aldrich is also in the Collection.

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