Gaby Deslys (Marie-Elise Gabrielle Caire)(1881-1920), Actress and dancer
Sitter in 59 portraits
First appeared at the Gaiety Theatre in 1906, as 'The Charm of Paris' in The New Aladdin, performing the 'Ju-Jitsu waltz', but the dance that made her famous was 'The Gaby Glide'. Famous for her extravagant clothes, jewels and millinery, she lived up to her notoriety. J.M. Barrie was so smitten by her that he wrote a one-act play for her, Rosy Rapture (1915). Gordon Selfridge gave her a rope of pearls as long as her height. Her last stage appearance was at the Casino de Paris, in Laissez-les Tomber! (1918). Deslys also worked as a spy for the French government during World War I and was famed for her high-profile liaisons with the King of Portugal, amongst others.
by Bassano Ltd, published by Andrew & George Taylor
bromide postcard print, 1906