Over the last week or so I have been catching up with some research and writing about one of my ‘famous’ ancestors, Betty Stockfeld. Betty was a stage and cinema actress with a career spanning over 40 years in the British and European industries.
Like many stars of stage and screen, her image found its way onto postcards, cigarette cards, into magazines and newspapers. Her name and image was used to promote cigarettes, alcohol, make up and health products as well as fashion. Many of her film reviews commented on her wardrobe rather than her capabilities as a performer.
This image appeared as part of a full page spread in 1932 promoting a new play ‘A Cold June‘ by Sir Arthur Pinero. Of note is the photographer: Dorothy Wilding. Wilding was a self taught portraitist of some note, especially for her work with the Royal Family. Unlike Queen Elizabeth II, Betty’s image as taken by Wilding never appeared on a postage stamp!
Wilding was known to be a popular photographer with women especially as she began to make a name for herself in the nude photography arena.
Another series of images taken by Wilding also appeared in The Tatler – but as Betty was semi naked in one of them, they won’t be shown here.
The Illustrated Dramatic and Sporting News, May 31, 1932 p 401
Sir Arthur Pinero: