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Elsie de Wolfe
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Elsie de Wolfe, 1914
Born (1859-12-20)December 20, 1859
New York City
Died July 12, 1950(1950-07-12) (aged 90)
Other names Lady Mendl
  • actress
  • interior decorator
  • author
Sir Charles Mendl (m. 1926)

Elsie de Wolfe, also known as Lady Mendl, (December 20, c. 1859 – July 12, 1950) was an American actress and interior decorator.

Born in New York City, de Wolfe was acutely sensitive to environment from her earliest years, and became one of the first women interior designers, replacing heavy Victorian styles with light, intimate effects and uncluttered room layouts. Her marriage to English diplomat Sir Charles Mendl was seen as one of convenience, though she was proud to be called Lady Mendl, and her lifelong companion was Elisabeth Marbury, with whom she lived in New York and Paris. De Wolfe was a prominent social figure, who entertained in the most distinguished circles.

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