Famous Tightlacers -- Lillian Russell

Famous Tightlacers

LILLIAN RUSSELL (1860-1922)


Toast of the land at the turn of the 20th century, actress Russell was an exquisite beauty who made plump figures fashionable. 
She was publicized for the number of her husbands, but we think it should have been because of the "neatness" of her waist!

   
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(above left) 1894 Cabinet card courtesy Dean (Click picture for autographed picture - similar version)

 
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Stephen K. sends this Lillian Russell image (1889)

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 [Source: NY Public Library]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen K. wrote:

"Hollywood made a (no doubt fantasised) biopic of her called My Wild Irish Rose which, to judge from the illustration here, certainly contained some voluptuous ladies well-corseted in Edwardian style despite their very 1940s hairdos!"
 

 

 


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