Betty Linley: mystery solved!
Back in 2011, I posted A BLOG about a wonderful picture purchased at the National Portrait Gallery.
All I knew was that the woman portrayed was an American actress named "Betty Lindley" (the name was misspelt!).
I see the picture everyday as it hangs on the wall of my little study, just above my desk.
Then a few weeks ago, out of the blue, I received the following email:
I just came across your blog from 2011 this morning as I sit here on a visit to New York City. Last night I went to a play at The Helen Hayes theater and it got me thinking about my Great Aunt Betty Linley who had been an actress here and I decided to google her. To my surprise I found that her last name had been spelled wrong in some places and that quite a few people seemed to be curious about her. She was 24 in the photo you posted of her. I have never seen that photo before. I LOVE it!!! I will contact the NPG in hopes that can correct the spelling of her name.
How absolutely amazing it that?
The e-mail was signed Jennifer Linley Taylor, a multi-talented American artist, interior designer, singer-songwriter and film producer (among others).
I am really interested in Jennifer's project of bringing her grandmother's book, Chain of Amber to the screen. It would make a visually stunning, epic movie!
“Touring in a theatrical company in India and the Far East; marriage to an American mining engineer; living in Korea under Japanese occupation… these are some of the beads in this Chain of Amber.”
Quote taken from the website page dedicated to the film project
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