Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee

Biography Ruby Dee was born in 1924 and brought up in Harlem. In the mid-1940s, she was performing with the American Negro Theatre and, in 1946, made a spectacular Broadway debut in Anna Lucasta. Shortly afterwards, she started appearing in films and quickly began to be given many of the few acting parts then written […]

Rosemary Harris

Rosemary Harris

Biography Rosemary Harris (born 1930) has been a enormously popular and versatile star of the theatre on both sides of the Atlantic for over 50 years.She was born in England but, shortly afterwards, the family moved to India, returning six year later. After school she enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where she […]

Robert Beatty

Robert Beatty

Biography Robert Beatty (1909-1992) was born in Canada. After graduating from the University of Toronto, he had a variety of jobs before deciding to move to London where he entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He made his first London stage appearance in Idiot

Rene Ray

Rene Ray

Biography Rene Ray (1911-1993) started her career as a singer and, as herself, appeared in one of the first British talkies, High Treason (1928). Other films rapidly followed in which she played a variety of young women or herself, as she did in Tonight

Ray Cooney

Ray Cooney

Biography Ray Cooney (born 1932) began his theatrical career as a juvenile in Song of Norway at the Palace Theatre in 1946. He played in various repertory companies before joining Brian Rix

Phyllis Dare

Phyllis Dare

Biography Phyllis Dare (1890-1975), born Phyllis Constance Haddie Dones, was the second daughter of Arthur Dones. She was three and a half years younger than her sister, Zena. Both adopted the stage name of ‘Dare’ when they were contracted to appear in an 1899 Christmas pantomime, Babes in the Wood. At the time, Phyllis was […]

Peggy Wood

Peggy Wood

Biography Peggy Wood (1892-1978) was a beauty who rose rapidly from the chorus to stardom. Her stage career extended for some fifty years. She made her stage debut in 1910 in the chorus of Naughty Marietta. In 1917, she had a great success in Maytime, in which she introduced the song

Pearl White

Pearl White

Biography Pearl White (1889-1938) first appeared on the stage when she was 6 and, for several years, was a successful child performer. But it was as the star of over a hundred silent films that she became internationally famous – with her long blond hair, pretty face, impressive figure and her hair-raising stunts. Her best […]

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