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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Kay: 1922

Kay: 1922

Washington. D.C., circa 1922. "Kay Laurell." Our third look at this winsome star of stage and screen. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Her eyes...

were blue, and her hair was light brown. She was also 5 feet 5 inches tall. This from her passport application. You know no guy in his right mind could resist her after looking in those baby blues!

More Mencken

Now go and read the Wikipedia entry for Kay Laurell, I was surprised by the first quote attributed to H.L. Mencken, and I'm not easily surprised.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kay_Laurell

No Symbolism Here

. . . with the Washington Monument in the background.

Foxes!!!

One could easily become enamored of the fetching Ms. Laurell. Marion Elizabeth Rodgers, in a biography she wrote of H.L. Mencken, described Kay Laurell as the "Girl with the Most Wonderful Figure in the World". I don't know how, or by whom, she came to be so designated. (The capital letters are Ms. Rodgers'.) But judging from photos like this one, the accolade may have been a reasonably accurate one.

Which lovely lady

is Kay?

[She's the one with the charismas. - Dave]

Winsome star

So sad when you see this girl smiling at the time the picture was taken. Because know we now she died 5 years later, at the age of 37. What a waste!

 
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