Phyllis Dare(1890-1975), Actress
Sitter in 76 portraits
With her sister Zena (1887-1975) she was one of the most popular picture-postcard beauties of the Edwardian era. Beginning as a child on stage, she achieved stardom in The Belle of Mayfair (1906), and was on the London stage for the next twenty years. At the Gaiety Theatre she was Peggy (1911) and The Sunshine Girl (1912). The composer Paul Rubens was in love with her and dedicated his most famous song, 'I Love the Moon' to her. As fashions changed, she moved with the times, starring in Kissing Time (1919), The Street Singer (1924) and Rodgers and Hart's Lido Lady (1926) with 'Atlantic Blues'. Her last musical was Ivor Novello's King's Rhapsody (1949).