Austrian postcard by CP, nr. 2465/66. Photo: E. Veit, Wien (Vienna), 1910.
French dancer and actress Gaby Deslys (1881-1920) was an internationally celebrated - and notorious - star of the early 20th Century. She was famous for her extravagant clothes, jewels and millinery. She had many admirers, most notably King Manuel II of Portugal, and during World War I she reportedly worked as a spy for the French government. Before her tragic early death she also made a series of silent films.