Lily Elsie as Sonia in The Merry Widow

Lily Elsie as Sonia in The Merry Widow

This picture postcard shows Lily Elsie as Sonia in Franz Lehar's operetta The Merry Widow. This was the part that made her a star and one of the most famous postcard beauties of the Edwardian era. At first, however, she felt her voice wasn't good enough for the part, and begged to be released from her contract. However, producer George Edwardes was convinced she was perfect for the role. He was right. The reviews were amazing.