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Campbell, Herbert [real name Herbert Edward Story] (1844–1904), music-hall performer, was born on 22 December 1844 at 16 Hamilton Street, Kennington, Surrey, the son of Henry George Story, smith, and his wife, Hannah Fisher. Little is known of his early life beyond the agitation which resulted whenever ...

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Champion, Harry [real name William Henry Crump] (1865–1942), music-hall entertainer, was probably the William Henry Crump born at 30 Grafton Street, Mile End, London, on 8 April 1865, the son of Walter Henry Crump, a tailor who was later a butcher and licensed victualler, and his wife, ...

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Chevalier, Albert Onésime Britannicus Gwathveoyd Louis (1861–1923), comedian and actor, was born on 21 March 1861 at 21 St Ann's Villas, Royal Crescent, Notting Hill, London, the eldest son of Jean Onésime Chevalier, language teacher, and his wife, Ellen Louisa Mathews; his name at birth was registered simply as ...

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Coborn, Charles [real name Colin Whitton McCallum] (1852–1945), music-hall entertainer and songwriter, was born Colin Whitton McCallum on 4 August 1852 at 25 Sydney Square, Mile End, London, the son of Colin McCallum (1799–1872), shipbroker and freeman of the City of London...

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Collins [married names Cooney, Tate], Charlotte Louisa [Lottie] (1865–1910), music-hall entertainer, was born on 16 August 1865 at 50 Richard Street, St George-in-the-East, London, the daughter of William Alfred Collins, wood-turner, and his wife, Charlotte, née Atkinson. Her father was also a ‘blackface minstrel’, and at the age of eleven ...

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Elen, Ernest Augustus [Gus] (1862–1940), music-hall singer, was born on 22 July 1862 at 103 Pulford Street, Pimlico, London, the fifth of eleven children of Edwin Elen (1821-1887), a viewer of cloth in the Royal Military Clothing Depot, and his wife ...

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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, ...

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Forde, Florrie [real name Flora May Augustus Flanagan; married name Flora May Augustus Barnett] (1876–1940), music-hall entertainer, was born in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, on 14 August 1876, the daughter of Francis Lott Flanagan, monumental mason, and his wife, Phoebe. She first appeared on stage at a concert at ...

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Formby, George [real name George Hoy Booth] (1904–1961), music-hall entertainer and actor, was born at 3 Westminster Street, Wigan, Lancashire, on 26 May 1904, the eldest of the seven surviving children (four girls and three boys) of James Lawler Booth (1875–1922), music-hall entertainer, and his wife, ...

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Handley, Thomas Reginald [Tommy] (1892–1949), comedian, was born on 17 January 1892 at 13 Threlfall Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, the son of John Handley, a cow keeper, and his wife, Sarah Ann Pearson. Tommy Handley's father, who probably ran a dairy business, died while ...

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Height, Amy (c. 1866–1913), music hall entertainer, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. No information has come to light about her arrival in Britain, but in July 1883 her name first appeared in The Stage newspaper, when she was credited as a member of the cast of a variety show at the ...

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Howerd, Frankie [real name Francis Alick Howard] (1917–1992), comedian, was born in York on 6 March 1917, the elder son and eldest of three children of Francis Alfred William Howard, soldier and tutor in the army education corps, and his wife, Edith Florence, ...

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Lauder, Sir Henry [Harry] (1870–1950), music-hall singer, was born in Bridge Street, Portobello, near Edinburgh, on 4 August 1870, the eldest of seven children of John Lauder (d. 1882), potter, of Musselburgh and his wife, Isobella Urquhart Macleod, daughter of Henry MacLennan...

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Lloyd, Marie [real name Matilda Alice Victoria Wood] (1870–1922), music-hall entertainer, was born on 12 February 1870 at 36 Plumber Street, Hoxton, London, the eldest of nine children born to Matilda Mary Caroline née Archer and her husband, John Wood, an artificial flower maker and part-time waiter at the ...

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Loftus, Cissie [real name Marie Cecilia Loftus Brown] (1876–1943), actress, was born at 40 Rose Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow, on 22 October 1876, the daughter of the music hall performer and principal boy Marie Loftus (1857–1940). Her birth was registered as illegitimate (b. cert). Her father was ...

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Lorne, Tommy [real name Hugh Corcoran] (1890–1935), music-hall entertainer and comedian, was born on 7 December 1890 at 8 Fleming Street in the Cowcaddens district of Glasgow, the youngest of the six children of John Corcoran (1852/3–1917), a mason's labourer, and his wife, ...

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Macdermott, Gilbert Hastings (1845?–1901), music-hall entertainer, was born in Islington, London, the son of Patrick Farrell, bricklayer, and was originally surnamed Farrell. He spent a time in the Royal Navy, but was working as a dramatist at the time of his marriage, at ...

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Merrick, Joseph Carey [called the Elephant Man] (1862–1890), freak show novelty and medical curiosity, was born at 50 Lee Street, Leicester, on 5 August 1862, the elder son (there was also a daughter) of Joseph Rockley Merrick (b. 1835/6), a warehouseman and machine operator in a cotton factory, and ...

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Miller, Max [real name Thomas Henry Sargent] (1894–1963), comedian, was born on 21 November 1894 at 43 Hereford Street, Brighton, the second of five children of James Sargent, builder's labourer, and his wife, Alice, née West. After a childhood marked by considerable poverty and a much disrupted education he left school at twelve, barely literate. He worked in ...

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Relph, Harry [performing name Little Tich] (1867–1928), music-hall entertainer, was born on 21 July 1867 at Cudham, Kent, the sixteenth child of Richard Relph (1790–1881), a farmer and publican, and his Irish-born second wife, Mary, née Moorefield or Murphew (1835–1893). He was born with an extra finger on each hand and both hands were slightly webbed. He also effectively stopped growing at the age of ten and reached a height of only ...