The American stage and screen actor and female impersonator Julian Eltinge was born William Julian Dalton in 1881. After appearing in the Boston Cadets Revue at the age of 10 in female costume, he was noticed by producers and made his first appearance on Broadway in 1904. He appeared in vaudeville and toured Europe and the United States, and gave a command performance in front of King Edward VII. Eltinge appeared in a series of musical comedies written specifically for him, starting in 1910 with The Fascinating Widow, returning to vaudeville in 1918. His popularity soon earned him the nickname Mr Lillian Russell, Russell being the popular, legitimately female musical comedy star of the day. In 1917 he appeared in his first Hollywood feature film, The Countess Charming, which led to other films, including 1918’s The Isle of Love with Rudolph Valentino and the tragic Virginia Rappe. Eltinge was considered one of the highest paid actors on the American stage, but after the Great Depression and the death of vaudeville, Etinge’s star quickly faded. Although he continued to perform in nightclubs, his star dimmed and, in 1941, following a show at a New York nightclub, he died of a cerebral hemorrhage. He’s remembered as one of the greatest female impersonators of the 20th century.