Lena Ashwell (1872-1957)

Lena Ashwell  (1872-1957)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Lena Ashwell (whose real name was Lena Margaret Pocock) was born on 28th September 1872 on board the ship Wellesey in the River Tyne, England. She was raised and educated in Canada. Later, deciding to pursue a singing career, she studied music at Lausanne in Switzerland and at the […]

Marie Lohr (1890-1975)

Marie Lohr (1890-1975)

Marie Kaye Wouldes Lohr had a career spanning 73 years in the English theatre concurrently with a film career spanning 52 years in English films. She was born in Sydney, NSW, 28 July 1890 to Lewis J. Lohr, formerly treasurer of the Opera House, Melbourne, and his wife Kate (nee Bishop) who had been a […]

Sir Seymour Hicks (1871-1949)

Sir Seymour Hicks (1871-1949)

Seymour Hicks was born on January 30, 1871, in St. Hélier on the island of Jersey (GB). At the age of nine, he appeared as Buttercup in Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore at his school in Bath. After that, he was determined to be an actor.

Zoe Wanamaker

Zoe Wanamaker

BiographyZoe Wanamaker (born 1949) is the daughter of actor parents – Charlotte Holland and the actor & director Sam Wanamaker. When he was blacklisted during the McCarthy witch hunt, he moved with his family to London. Sam Wanamaker was to become the driving-force behind the building of the Globe Theatre on the South Bank in […]

Zena Dare

Zena Dare

Biography Zena Dare (1887-1975) was born Florence Hariette Zena Dones. Her first stage engagement was with her younger sister Phyllis in the 1899 pantomime, Babes In The Wood at the Coronet Theatre. Their surname was changed to

Yvonne Arnaud

Yvonne Arnaud

Biography Yvonne Arnaud (1892-1958) was born in France and was a child piano prodigy, in 1905 winning the Premier Prix at the Paris Conservatoire. For the next six years, she was acclaimed as a concert pianist, performing with the leading orchestras and conductors throughout Europe and America.

Wee Georgie Wood

Wee Georgie Wood

Biography Wee Georgie Wood (1894-1979), who when fully grown was 4ft 9in, started his long music-hall & variety career at the age of five. Discovering that she had found her own home-made Eldorado, his mother managed his life off and on stage. He continued performing for over 50 years and was considered to have been […]

Virginia McKenna

Virginia McKenna

Biography Virginia McKenna was born in London in 1931. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and then went to the Dundee Rep. Her career quickly took off and, in 1952, she appearing both in the West End in plays including in Charles Morgan

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