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Known as ‘the original Gaiety Girl’, Connie Gilchrist, the daughter of a London engine smith, was an artist’s model from childhood. After appearing in pantomime and then in music hall, she was recruited to join the company at the Gaiety Theatre. After her retirement in 1888, she married the earl of Orkney, and devoted the rest of her life to rural pursuits on a Buckinghamshire country estate.