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This vintage real photo postcard features actress singer Lili Damita (1904-1994). She was born Liliane Marie Madeleine Carre in Blaye, France in 1904. She was educated in convents and ballet schools in several European countries. She was a pretty and talented star actress of silent movies as well as early talkies. Her filmography includes 33 film appearances between 1922 and 1937. Damita started dancing professionally at sixteen years of age and made her film debut in 1922. As a teenager she danced in music halls and appeared in the revue of the Casino de Paris. She also worked as a photographic model. She starred in the film “The Queen was in the Parlor” (1926) by Noel Coward. She appeared with Ronald Colman in Sam Goldwyn’s film “The Rescue” (1929). Goldwyn feared that Damita’s accent would be a deterrent for success in talkies so Damita worked to change her accent and she appeared in her first talkie, “The Cockeyed World” (1929). Goldwyn eventually dropped her partially because she had been too honest with the press about her millionaire lovers. During her career, Damita worked with celebrated actors including Gary Cooper, Laurence Olivier, Cary Grant, Maurice Chevalier, and James Cagney. She had more than one marriage. Her second husband was actor Errol Flynn. They married in 1935 and were divorced seven years later. Cooper’s infidelities contributed to the dissolution of their marriage. The couple’s son, Sean Flynn, disappeared while photographing the Vietnam War, and was never found. She married again; this time to a dairy farmer named Allen Loomis. Her marriage to Loomis dissolved in 1962. In 1994 Damita died of Alzheimers disease in Palm Beach, Florida. A YouTube tribute to Lili Damita can be seen below.

Postcard 1 is part of the “Picturegoer Series (No. 375” ) and was published in London, England. Picturegoer was a British fan magazine focussing on contemporary films and the actors and actresses who performed in them. Picturegoer also published postcards. In fact, they produced over 6500 different real photo postcards on 2000 actors and actresses. Miss Damita looks quite lovely in this photo portrait.

Postcard 2 provides another postcard view of Miss Lili. She looks stunning in her flapper like outfit. This photo postcard was published by Ross Verlag as part of a series (no.4154/3). Thi initial FPS are in the lower right corner of the image.

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  1. Lily Damita was a charming, talented actress, and also quite a suble comedienne also. (See the movie “Everybody Does It” with Cary Grant and Thelma Todd!”) I heard an interview with her on the radio right before her death. She was intensely emotional. The son she had with Errol Flynn – you can access his picture on the Internet…was divinely handsome, and obviously accomplished enough a photo-journalist to be sent into the thick of the Vietnam War. He just disappeared. MIA without a clue, ever.

    Damita said that Flynn was immersed in his corrupt life-style (and extreme alcoholism) and didn’t give a fig about their beautiful young son. She raved about their stormy past. – There must have been some agreement between them regarding their mutually, very active, bisexual sex lives. But that would have been considered ho-hum today.

    She cried out with emotion in the radio interview, – in a very old woman’s tinny voice,, and of course, her voice was thick with her native French accent. At the age of 90, she was deeply distraught about her past. A tragic ending for so endearing an actress. – You can even note a touch of sadness in her face.

    Thank you Cabinet Card, for this very special presentation.

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