An autographed cabinet card photograph of actress Lillian Russell (born Helen Louise Leonard, 1860-1922). Russell was one of the most famous actresses and singers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, known for her beauty and style. Born in Iowa and raised in Chicago, when her parents separated she moved with her mother and younger sister moved to New York City, where she pursued a theatrical career.
Russell was as famous for her flamboyant personal life as for her beauty and voice. When Alexander Graham Bell introduced long distance telephone service on May 8, 1890, Russell's voice was the first carried over the line. During her lifetime, the actress was married four times, including to a bigamist. When she retired from the stage, she became a popular lecturer, wrote a newspaper column, and advocated for women's suffrage.
The 4" x 6 1/2” sepia tone portrait by J. Falk of New York shows Russell seated in a lavish gown and hat. Item #72712