This colorful image of a flapper enjoying a panoramic vista of the French Riviera has an equally colorful story. The woman is Gaby Deslys (an abbreviation of "Gabrielle of the Lillies"), a dancer, singer, and actress who achieved fame on two continents. She performed frequently in Marseilles, Paris, and London, wowed crowds at the Liverpool Olympia, and sparked a riot during an appearance at Yale.
The most famous of her romantic entanglements was with King Manuel of Portugal, who was said to have given her a pearl necklace worth $70,000 (valued at more than 10 times that amount today). Gaby loved pearls and claimed before she died in 1920 that she owned a collection of them equal to her own weight.
Marseille was Gaby's adopted home, and was close in proximity to where Fap Anis was produced, making her a natural fit for the brand: she was a local girl made good.