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Vashti Earl


Daughter of a family of English eccentrics, Vashti Earl was thought by the photographers and artists to be the most beautiful chorus girl in New York City when she played in "The Fortune Teller" with the Alice Nielson Opera Company. In particular, she was lauded in the newspapers for the perfection of her mouth. For two years, from 1898 to 1900 she was constantly before the public eye. In 1900 impresario George Lederer shipped Vashti Earl and three other Broad beauties to London to glitz up the chorus of "The Casino Girl." She became a favorite London chorus beauty, appearing in Ivan Carylls's "The Girl from Kays" (1902) and becoming a favorite cigarette card figure. David S. Shields/ALS