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Atwell, (Una) Winifred (c. 1913–1983)

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(Una) Winifred Atwell (c. 1913–1983) by unknown photographer, 1957 collection of Stephen Bourne

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Atwell, (Una) Winifred (c. 1913–1983), pianist and entertainer, was born on 27 April c.1913 in Jubilee Street, Tunapuna, near Port of Spain, Trinidad, the only child of a chemist, Frederick Monroe Atwell (d. 1958), and a district nurse, Sarah Elizabeth (...

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Bowman [née Bradford], Laura (1881–1957), musical entertainer, was born in Quincy, Illinois, USA, on 3 October 1881, the daughter of Charles Bradford (c.1850–c.1915), bartender, and his wife, Lois Adelaide, née Yeates (c.1850–1912). After being taken by her aunt for an education in ...

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Brown, Janet McLuckie (1923–2011), actress and impressionist, was born on 14 December 1923 at 26 Hamilton Road, Rutherglen, near Glasgow, the daughter of Andrew Brown, a sheet-iron worker in the Clyde shipyards, and his wife, Helen McLuckie, née Russell. She was educated at ...

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Janet McLuckie Brown (1923–2011) by Denis Jones, 1979 © Denis Jones / Associated Newspapers / Rex Features

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Florrie Desmond (1905–1993) by Dorothy Wilding, 1930s © Tom Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Desmond, Florrie [real name Florence Elizabeth Dawson] (1905–1993), actor and impersonator, was born Florence Elizabeth Dawson on 31 May 1905 at 64 Bride Street, Lower Holloway, London, the daughter of George Dawson, a bootmaker who loved the theatre, and his wife, Ada Baker...

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Hengler, Sarah (c. 1765–1845), artist in fireworks, was born in Surrey and became the second wife of John Michael Hengler (d. 1802), circus performer. There were two sons and a daughter of this marriage, the eldest of whom, Henry Michael Hengler (...

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Lanchester [married name Laughton], Elsa Sullivan (1902–1986), actress and entertainer, was born on 28 October 1902 at 48 Farley Road, Lewisham, London, the second child of James Sullivan (d. 1945), factory worker and later commercial clerk, and Edith Lanchester (1871–1966), daughter of ...

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Elsa Sullivan Lanchester (1902–1986) by Doris Clare Zinkeisen, exh. RA 1925 © Estate of Doris Clare Zinkeisen; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Annette Mills (1894–1955) by Elliott & Fry, 1949 [with Muffin the Mule] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mills, Annette [real name Edith Mabel Mills] (1894–1955), entertainer, was born in Chelsea, London, the elder of the two children of Lewis Mills (1867–1953), schoolmaster, and his wife, Edith (1868–1935). Her brother was the actor Sir John Mills (1908–2005). She changed her name to ...

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Mills [née Jordan], Gladys [performing name Mrs Mills] (1918–1978), pianist and popular entertainer, was born on 29 August 1918 at 154 Beckton Road, Silvertown, Newham, Essex. She was the daughter of a Metropolitan police officer, Samuel Jordan, and his wife, Minnie Dixon...

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Joan Theresa Turner (1922–2009) by Peter Elinskas, 1966 © Peter Elinskas / Associated Newspapers / Rex Features

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Turner, Joan Theresa (1922–2009), comic singer and impressionist, was born on 24 November 1922 at 2 Eglinton Street, Belfast, the daughter of Leonard Alfred Turner, a corporal in the British Army, and his wife, Helen Mary (Ellen), née Charlesson. At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Zavaroni, Lena Hilda (1963–1999), popular singer and entertainer, was born on 4 November 1963 at the Rankin Memorial Hospital, Greenock, Renfrewshire, the first of two daughters of Victor Alfredo Zavaroni and his wife, Hilda Catherine, née Jordan (d. 1989), who owned a fish and chip shop in their home town, ...