Julian Eltinge, Greatest of All Impersonators of Women


Julian Eltinge. Colored postcard circa 1907. James Gardiner Collection. Wellcome Library no. 2044894i. Public domain

Eltinge was one of the highest-paid and most famous actors of the early 20th century, and acted alongside Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Rudolph Valentino. What made him famous was his skill at female impersonation.

Tracy's Research:

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