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 [...]
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
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.
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 [...]
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
Biography Violet Vanbrugh (1867-1942) was the elder sister of Irene Vanbrugh. Both became distinguished actresses. Violet acted in the companies of the Kendals (with whom she toured America) and Henry Irving. In 1894, with her new husband, the actor Arthur Bourchier, she went to the USA and they both played with Augustin Daly’s Company in New York.
Biography Vesta Tilley (1864-15) was Britain’s most popular male impersonator and one of the country’s most successful music hall performers. Born Matilda Alice Victoria Powers, she was the second of thirteen children fathered by an ex-factory worker who, using the name Harry Ball, presented his own comedy act in the halls and was a sometime [...]
Biography Sybil Arundale (1882-1965) was born Sybil Kelly. At the age of 11, she started what was to be a long and varied stage career, performing with her sister, Grace, in an act billed as ‘The Sisters Arundale’. The music-hall double-act survived for a few years and, although Sybil afterwards continued to perform in vaudeville [...]