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Fields, Dame Gracie [real name Grace Stansfield] (1898–1979), music-hall entertainer and film actress, was born at 9 Molesworth Street, Rochdale, Lancashire, on 9 January 1898, the eldest of the four children (three daughters and one son) of Fred Stansfield (1874–1956), engineer, and his wife, ...


Tilley, Vesta [real name Matilda Alice Powles; married name Matilda Alice de Frece, Lady de Frece] (1864–1952), music-hall entertainer, was born in Commandery Street, Worcester, on 13 May 1864, the second of the thirteen children of Henry Powles (c.1842–1889), a china painter with theatrical ambitions, and his wife, ...


Vesta Tilley (1864–1952) by Brown, Barnes & Bell V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum