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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Billie Burke: 1908

Billie Burke: 1908

Washington, D.C., circa 1908. "Burke, Billie, Miss." The stage actress and D.C. native Billie Burke, last seen here a week ago. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

The Gibson Girl

She was a paragon beauty of the age.

Natural Beauty

She truly is stunning. Imagine such beauty without benefit of implants, botox, lip injections, plastic surgery, hair dye and fad diets. I can't think of a modern actress that can hold a candle to Billie Burke in her prime.

Beautiful Billie

I've always been amazed at how beautiful Billie Burke was, as Glinda, the good witch of the north, in the Wizard of OZ, 30 years after this picture was taken of her. It's easy to see what Flo Ziegfeld saw that made her a stand out among the hundreds of beautiful girls he worked with!

Frozen beauty

And here is part of the "magic" of Shorpy. 105 years ago, and Billie remains forever the day that photo was snapped. How wonderful.

Unmitigated elegance

If a prettier woman ever graced the planet…well, I know none has, so skip it. Miss Billie reminds me of one of those lovely female busts sculpted into a vintage shell cameo. Eat your heart out Hollywood.

What a treat.

Simply a lovely image.

WOW

She is stunning

 
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