French Actress Postcards of the Belle Epoque

The Courtesans




Well, they were not, really. Not more than any of the others. But they were famed for their beauty, and their postcards sold
in thousands.

Cleo de Merode was born in Paris, but was of Belgian ancestry. She was a ballerina, although she came to fame through an alleged
liaison with the King of Belgium.

Lina Cavalieri was Italian, and an international opera star.

La Belle Otero was Spanish.

Look at the pictures, and judge for yourself.


    Cleo de Merode






Lina Cavalieri





La Belle Otero