The Theatre: Venus With Arms

Time has not dealt too kindly with the theatre of the Nineties: it has dubbed once-famous plays hokum, once-famous players hams. But it has never questioned that in Lily Langtry, Lillian Russell, Maxine Elliott, the Nineties produced some of the most breathtakingly beautiful women ever seen on any stage.

Of these three, only Maxine Elliott long survived the post-war world, and not as an actress: she quit the stage years ago. She had always hated acting, had never been too good at it. But it made her rich, it paved the way for her...

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