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Irene Handl (1901 - 1987)

Irene Handl Irene was born in Maida Vale, London, the daughter of an Austrian banker father and French mother. She took to acting at the relatively advanced age of 36, and studied at the acting schoo...

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Eva Esmond (1870 - 1955)

Eva Moore was an English actress. Moore was born and educated in Brighton. In 1891 she married the actor Henry V. Esmond. They had two children, Jack and Jill (the actress Jill Esmond, first wife of La...

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Rachel Kempson (1910 - 2003)

She was an English actress. She married Michael Redgrave, and was the matriarch of the famous acting dynasty. Kempson trained at RADA before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company. She married Michael...

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Dame Peggy Ashcroft, DBE MP (1907 - 1991)

Dame Peggy Ashcroft, DBE born as Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft (22 December 1907 – 14 June 1991) was an English actress. From Wikipedia: [ Wiki - Dame Peggy Ashcroft From Wikipedia, the fr...

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Joyce Irene Grenfell MP (1910 - 1979)

Joyce Irene Grenfell , OBE (née Phipps; 10 February 1910 – 30 November 1979) was an English actress, comedienne, monologist[1] and singer-songwriter. Early life Born in London, Joyce ...

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Beatrice Lillie (1894 - 1989)

Beatrice Gladys "Bea" Lillie (May 29, 1894 – January 20, 1989) was an actress and comedic performer. Following her 1920 marriage to Sir Robert Peel in England, she was known in private life as...

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Dame Gladys Cooper (1888 - 1971)

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Patricia Phoenix (1923 - 1986)

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Viola Tree (1884 - 1938)

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Edna May Oliver (1883 - 1942)

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Googie Withers, CBE (1917 - 2011)

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Joanna McCallum MP

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Jean Simmons, OBE (1929 - 2010)

Jean Merilyn Simmons, OBE (31 January, 1929 – 22 January, 2010) was an English actress. She appeared predominantly in films, beginning with those films made in Great Britain during and after W...

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Athene Seyler, CBE (1889 - 1990)

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Lynn Fontanne (1887 - 1983)

Lynn Fontanne (pronounced /fɒnˈtæn/; 6 December 1887 — 30 July 1983) was a British actress and major stage star in the United States for over 40 years. She teamed with her...

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Margaret Leighton, CBE (1922 - 1976)

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Ursula Jean Jeans (1906 - 1973)

Ursula Jean McMinn born May 5, 1906 died April 21, 197 British actress on film, stage, and television. Links Wiki (En) - Ursula Jeans

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Beatrix Alice Lehmann (1903 - 1979)

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Jane How MP

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Hattie Jacques (1922 - 1980)

MISS HATTIE JACQUES Comic personality of stage, films and television Miss Hattie Jacques, the well-known comic actress, died yesterday at the age of 56. No one could have spoken more truthfully tha...

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Yvonne Mitchell (1915 - 1979)

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Phyllis Diller MP (1917 - 2012)

Recognizable by her trademark laugh, American actress and comedienne Phyllis Diller created a stage persona of a wild-haired, eccentrically dressed housewife who makes self-deprecating jokes about her ...

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Yootha Joyce (1927 - 1980)

Miss Yootha Joyce, the actress, died on August 24, in a London hospital at the age of 53. She had currently been starring in the part of Mildred in the highly successful ITV comedy series, "George an...

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Françoise Rosay (1891 - 1974)

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Margaret Webster (1905 - 1972)

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Dame May Whitty, DBE (1865 - 1948)

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Virginia McKenna, OBE MP

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Linden Travers (1913 - 2001)

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Mary Ure (1933 - 1975)

MISS MARY URE A developing acting talent Mary Ure, who died yesterday, aged 42, immediately after her return on Wednesday to the London stage in "The Exorcism", will first be remembered as the orig...

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Hylda Baker (1905 - 1986)

British comedienne, actress and music hall star.

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Rosemary Clooney MP (1928 - 2002)

Rosemary Clooney was an American singer and actress who came to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit "Come On-a My House", which was followed by other pop numbers such as "Botch-a-Me" (a ...

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Dame Irene Vanbrugh, DBE (1872 - 1949)

Dame Irene Vanbrugh DBE (2 December 1872–30 November 1949) was an English actress. The daughter of a clergyman, Vanbrugh followed her elder sister Violet into the theatrical profession and sus...

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Violet Vanbrugh (1867 - 1942)

Violet Vanbrugh (11 June 1867 - 10 November 1942) was an English actress who had a career spanning more than 50 years. Despite her many successes, her career was overshadowed by that of her more famous...

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Helene Chadwick (1897 - 1940)

Helene Chadwick (November 25, 1897–September 4, 1940) was an American actress in silent motion pictures and in early sound films. Early life and career Chadwick was born in the small town ...

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Angharad Mary Rees, CBE (1949 - 2012)

Angharad Rees, the actress, was best-known as the headstrong Demelza in Poldark, the BBC’s hugely popular saga of impoverished gentry, smugglers and derelict tin mines in 18th-century Cornwall. ...

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Susan Stranks MP

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Tina Turner MP

Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939) is an American singer and actress whose career has spanned more than 50 years. She has won numerous awards and her achievements in the rock musi...

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Dulcie Gray (1915 - 2011)

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Guinevere Jeanne Sinclair (1885 - 1978)

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René Ray (1911 - 1993)

René Ray, Countess of Midleton (22 September 1911 – 28 August 1993) was a British film and stage actress of the 1930s and 1940s who appeared in over forty films. She turned to writing f...

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Elspeth March (1911 - 1999)

ELSPETH MARCH, the actress who has died aged 88, was a colonel's daughter and it showed: her stage presence was formidable; she spoke with admirable clarity; and she excelled in conveying suppressed em...

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Dame Cicely Courtneidge, DBE (1893 - 1980)

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Sonia Dresdel (deceased)

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Hermione Baddeley MP (1906 - 1986)

HERMIONE BADDELEY Mistress of revue who never lost talent for straight acting Hermione Baddeley, actress, who died on August 19 at the age of 79, began her career as a girl of precocious dramat...

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Angela Baddeley (1904 - 1976)

Angela Baddeley, CBE (4 July 1904 – 22 February 1976) was an English stage and television actress, best-remembered for her role as "Mrs. Bridges" in the period drama Upstairs, Downstairs. Her ...

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Jessica Tandy MP (1909 - 1994)

A beloved, twinkly blue-eyed doyenne of stage and screen, actress Jessica Tandy's career spanned nearly six and a half decades. In that course of time she enjoyed an amazing film renaissance at the age...

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María Antonieta Pons MP (1922 - 2004)

Maria Antonieta Pons (July 11, 1922 – August 20, 2004) was a Cuban born Mexican film actress and Rumba dancer. Born in Cuba in 1922, from Catalan origin, she was one of the most notorious rumb...

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Claudette Colbert (1903 - 1996)

Known for her rosy cheeks, velvet voice, hearty laugh, and curly bangs, Colbert distinguished herself in a series of sophisticated comedies and became one of Hollywood's best-paid movie stars in the 19...

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Lupita Tovar MP

Lupita Tovar (born July 27, 1910) is a Mexican actress, best known for her starring role in the 1931 Spanish language version of Dracula, filmed in Los Angeles by Universal Pictures at night using th...

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Lilia Prado MP (1929 - 2006)

(Translate into English) Lilia Prado (n. Sahuayo , Michoacan , March 30th of 1929 - f. Mexico City , May 22 of 2006 ). was a Mexican actress, considered one of the great actresses of the Golden Age o...

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Lilia del Valle MP

Mexico

(translated into English) Lilia del Valle ( Mexico City , Mexico April 30 of 1931 ) was a famous beauty and actress who worked during the golden age of Mexican cinema, after marrying and having a chi...

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Katy Jurado MP (1924 - 2002)

Katy Jurado (January 16, 1924 – July 5, 2002), born María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García in Mexico, D.F., was a Mexican actress who had a successful film career both in Me...

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Amalia Isabel Aguilar MP

Amalia Aguilar (born July 3, 1924) is a Cuban and Mexican film actress and dancer of the Golden age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and 1950s. She was considered one of the icons of the Rumberas film....

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Lupe Vélez MP (1908 - 1944)

élez Lupe Vélez (July 18, 1908 – December 14, 1944) was a Mexican film actress. Vélez began her career in Mexico as a dancer, before moving to the U.S. where she worked in...

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Lupe Mayorga MP (b. - 1982)

Lupe Reyes Mayorga immigrated to the United States and became an American citizen in 1925. She married her Bronx, New York husband classical guitarist Franciso Mayorga the same year. During the perio...

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Kitty de Hoyos MP (1941 - 1999)

(Translated into English) Kitty de Hoyos (Mexico City, February 8, 1941 - 28 December 1999) was the stage name of Maria Cristina Hoyo Guadalupe Vega, a Mexican actress of the Golden Age of Mexican ci...

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Evangelina Elizondo MP (1929 - d.)

(Translated into English) Evangelina Elizondo was born in Mexico City, Mexico on April 28, 1929, is an actress and singer. Is also dedicated to painting as a hobby. She studied theology at the Univ...

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Carmen Miranda MP (1909 - 1955)

Carmen Miranda Origem: Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre. ( ) Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha (Marco de Canaveses, 9 de fevereiro de 1909 — Los Angeles, 5 de agosto de 1955), mai...

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Laurette Luez MP (1928 - 1999)

Laurette Luez (born Loretta Mary Luiz 19 August 1928, Honolulu, Hawaii - died 12 September 1999, Milton, Florida) was a United States supporting actor and successful commercial model who appeared in ...

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Barbara Bestar MP (deceased)

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Valerie Black MP (deceased)

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Josephine Baker MP (1906 - 1975)

Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was an American-born dancer, singer, and actress. Nicknamed the "Bronze Venus", the "Black Pearl", and even the "Créole Goddess" in angloph...

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Neva Peoples MP (1914 - 1995)

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Bea Griffith MP (deceased)

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June Richmond MP (1915 - 1962)

June Richmond became one of the very first black singers to be featured regularly with a white band when she performed with Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra in 1938. An enthusiastic vocalist who was excellen...

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Edna M. Harris MP (1910 - 1997)

Edna Mae Harris was one of the best actresses of the Black race in the 1930s and 1940s. She starred in some of the best all black cast independently produced movies in the 1930s and 1940s. An attract...

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Mae Turner MP (1908 - 1999)

Attractive Mae Turner was one of the top femme fatales, vamps, and hussies of Black Cinema in the 1930s. She usually played the woman who was the ruin of a man. She was a fine actress who perfected t...

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Nina Mae McKinney MP (1912 - 1967)

Nina Mae McKinney (June 13, 1912 – May 3, 1967) was an American actress. Dubbed "The Black Garbo",[1] she was one of the first African-American film stars and was one of the first African-Amer...

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Ida James MP (b. - 1994)

Delicate beauty Ida James was a sweet-honey voiced singer who's singing could rival the birds, she gained popularity in the 1940s for her beauty, high, bird-like voice, grace, and glamour. She was th...

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Jeni Le Gon MP

Dancer, actress, and dance instructor Jeni LeGon was born Jennie Ligon on August 14, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois. Later, in London, she learned that she was descended from General Henry Beauchamp Lygon, ...

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Dorothy Gish MP (1898 - 1968)

The less-celebrated younger sister of the famed Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish was also a pioneer of the silent screen through her work under director D.W. Griffith. Born Dorothy de Guiche in Massillon, OH...

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Dolores del Río MP (1904 - 1983)

She was a Mexican film actress and the first Latin American movie star to have international appeal. Del Río starred in Hollywood films during the silent era and in the Golden Age of Hollywood. ...

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Isabel Washington Powell MP (1909 - 2007)

Isabel Washington Powell, who gave up the nightclub and Broadway stage to marry Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and become a much-loved figure in uptown society, died on May 1. She would have turned 99 on M...

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Fredi Washington MP (1903 - 1994)

Fredericka Carolyn "Fredi" Washington (December 23, 1903 - June 28, 1994) was an accomplished dramatic film actress, most active in the 1920s- 1930s. Fredi was a self-proclaimed Black woman, who chos...

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Françoise Madeleine Hardy MP

Françoise Madeleine Hardy is a French singer, actress and astrologer. Hardy is an iconic figure in fashion, music and style. She grew up in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, the daughter of an ...

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Arlene Carol Dahl MP

Redheaded leading lady Arlene Dahl achieved notability during the 1950s. She is best remembered for her roles in Reign of Terror (1949), Three Little Words (1950), Woman's World (1954), Slightly Scarle...

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Ruby Ann Dee MP (1922 - 2014)

Ruby Dee (née Wallace; October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014) an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist, perhaps best known for co-starring in the film A ...

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Gracie Allen MP (1895 - 1964)

Internationally famous comedienne Gracie Allen is best known as the zany partner and comic foil of husband George Burns. For contributions to the television industry, Gracie Allen was honored with a st...

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Rita Moreno MP

Alameda, CA, USA

Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress. She is the first and only Hispanic female and one of ten performers who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a To...

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Lana Turner (1921 - 1995)

Actress Lana Turner (born Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner) was one of America's most celebrated sex symbols during the 1940s and 1950s making over 50 films. Her tempestuous personal life -- seven mar...

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Judy Canova (1913 - 1983)

Best remembered today as a comic actress, Judy Canova also cut her share of records from the early '30s and into the end of the '50s. As either actress or singer, however, she was a most unlikely succe...

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Rachel Roberts (1927 - 1980)

) Rachel Roberts (20 September 1927 – 26 November 1980) was a Welsh actress noted for her fervour and passion; Roberts is best remembered for her forthright screen performances in two key film...

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Marie Kendall (1873 - 1964)

Miss Marie Kendall, who died on Tuesday at her home in Clapham, was one of the most notable of the great stars of the music halls who survived into our less colourful days. She was 90. Born in July, ...

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Kay Kendall (1927 - 1959)

Kay Kendall (21 May 1927 – 6 September 1959) was an English actress. Kendall began her film career in the musical film London Town (1946). Though the film was a financial failure, Kendall ...

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Billie Paul Piper MP

Billie Paul Piper (born Leian Paul Piper 22 September 1982) is an English actress and former singer. She is known for her role as Rose Tyler in Doctor Who and as Hannah Baxter in Secret Diary of a Call...

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Penelope Pelissier (Dudley-Ward) (1914 - 1982)

Penelope Ann Rachel, Lady Reed (4 August 1914 – 22 January 1982), known as Penelope Dudley-Ward, was an English actress. Born Penelope Anne Rachel Dudley Ward in London, she was the elder da...

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Fay Compton (1894 - 1978)

Fay Compton (/ˈkʌmptən/; 1894–1978) was an English actress from a notable acting lineage; her father was actor/manager Edward Compton; her mother, Virginia Bateman, was a ...

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Joanna David MP

Joanna David (born 17 January 1947) is a British actress, best known for her television work. She was born in Lancaster, England. Her first major television role was as Elinor Dashwood in the BBC's...

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Belinda Carroll (1945 - d.)

British actress of stage & screen.

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Kate O'Mara MP (1944 - 2014)

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Lucy Fleming (1947 - d.)

Eve Lucinda Fleming (born 15 May 1947) is a British actress using the stage name 'Lucy Fleming'. She is the daughter of the actress Dame Celia Elizabeth Johnson and writer Lt-Col Robert Peter Flemi...

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Dame Celia Johnson (1908 - 1982)

Dame Celia Elizabeth Johnson DBE (18 December 1908 – 25 April 1982) was an English actress. She began her stage acting career in 1928, and subsequently achieved success in West End and Broad...

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Gertrude Ward, Countess of Dudley (1879 - 1952)

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Dame Margaret Rutherford, DBE (1892 - 1972)

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Frances Drake (1912 - 2000)

Frances Drake (October 22, 1912 - January 18, 2000) was an American actress, is best known for playing Eponine in Les Misérables (1935). Life and career Born in New York City, her parents ...

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Judy Campbell (1916 - 2004)

Judy Campbell (31 May 1916 - 6 June 2004) was an English light comedy actress and occasional playwright, Noël Coward's muse. Her daughter is the actor and singer Jane Birkin, her son the scree...

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Maureen Ward (Swanson), Countess of Dudley MP (1936 - 2011)

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Loretta Young MP (1913 - 2000)

An ingenue in the silent era, Loretta Young made the transition to 'talkies' and more mature roles in the 1930s and 40s. She won a Best Actress Oscar for The Farmer's Daughter (1947); her other films i...

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Carole Lombard MP (1908 - 1942)

Blond and vivacious Carole Lombard was plucked off the streets of Hollywood as a teenager and put in her first movie. She was sassy as well as beautiful and comedy became her forte. In the 1930s she he...

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Liv Ullmann MP

Oslo, Norge

Liv Johanne Ullmann (born 16 December 1938) is a Norwegian actress and film director, as well as one of the muses of the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. A winner of the Golden Globe, Ullmann has also ...

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