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Elsie de Wolfe

(1865—1950)


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(b New York, NY, 20 Dec 1865; d Versailles, France, 12 July 1950), interior decorator. Born in New York, in the early 1890s she became a professional actress, wearing couture clothes on stage. Recognized as a better “clotheshorse” than actress, she transformed herself, aged 40, into an interior decorator. This was partly made possible by the support of her female companion, Elizabeth Marbury, with whom she lived from the early 1890s until World War I, in a house in Irving Place, New York.

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From The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Art.


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