Credits: Vintage pinup with cigarette holder and beautiful stockings and garter belt via VioletIvory on DeviantArt | Dolly Adams | Lilyan Tashman - Ziegfeld Follies publicity photo circa 1916/1917 | Maria Cavalieri - vintage postcard circa 1900, Russian opera singer via MementoMori on DeviantArt.
Pauline Starke and Lilyan Tashman in Bright Lights, 1925
Lilyan Tashman (October 23, 1896 – March 21, 1934), pictured here standing, was a Jewish girl from Brooklyn who made her start in vaudeville and progressed to silent film. She tended to play very snarky, clever “bad girl” roles, often tongue in cheek. As author Eve Golden put it, her performances are "sharp, clever and have aged little over the decades.“
A lesbian whose sapphic affairs were well known, she married her friend, gay actor Edmund Lowe, in 1925 and the two were much loved socially in Hollywood and known for their extravagent parties.
Various stars attending the premiere of The Circus in 1928. From left to right: Vilma Banky & Rod La Roque, W.C. Fields, Dolores Costello & John Barrymore, Lilyan Tashman & Edmund Lowe, Billie Dove, Charlie Chaplin (x)