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(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

(1900-1996), Actress and singer

Sitter in 57 portraits
Evelyn Laye first appeared in a minor role at The Gaiety Theatre in The Beauty Spot (1917), but the following year she achieved stardom in Going Up!, one of the first aviation musicals. In 1920 she was Bessie Brent in a revival of the first Gaiety musical-comedy, The Shop Girl. A favourite on both sides of the Atlantic, when she made her Broadway debut in the first American production of Noël Coward's Bitter Sweet in 1929, a New York critic described her as 'the loveliest prima donna this side of heaven'. One of her last appearances was in Sondheim's A Little Night Music in 1979.

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(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26886

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 July 1917
NPG x26886

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26885

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 July 1917
NPG x26885

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26887

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 July 1917
NPG x26887

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x16549

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 June 1918
NPG x16549

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x16545

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, June 1918
NPG x16545

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Edmund Harrington - NPG x133220

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Edmund Harrington
chlorobromide print, 1920s
NPG x133220

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Bassano Ltd, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x193885

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Bassano Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1920s
NPG x193885

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Dudley Glanfield - NPG x198700

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Dudley Glanfield
half-plate glass negative, late 1920s
NPG x198700

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Dudley Glanfield - NPG x198702

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Dudley Glanfield
half-plate glass negative, late 1920s
NPG x198702

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Janet Jevons - NPG x198125

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Janet Jevons
bromide postcard print, 1920s
NPG x198125

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26892

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 September 1922
NPG x26892

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127841

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1 February 1924
NPG x127841

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127842

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1 February 1924
NPG x127842

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127843

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1 February 1924
NPG x127843

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127844

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 15 February 1924
NPG x127844

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127845

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 15 February 1924
NPG x127845

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127846

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 15 February 1924
NPG x127846

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye, by Dudley Glanfield - NPG x45491

(Elsie) Evelyn Laye

by Dudley Glanfield
toned bromide print, early 1930s
NPG x45491

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