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Albani [married name Gye], Dame Emma [née Marie Louise Cécile Emma Lajeunesse] (1847–1930), singer, was born on 1 November 1847 at Chambly, Quebec, Canada, one of three surviving children of Joseph Lajeunesse, organist, and his wife, Mélina Mignault (d. 1856)...

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Allan, (Maria Caterina) Rosalbina Caradori- [Carradori-] (1800–1865), singer, was born in Milan. Her father, Baron de Munck, was an Alsatian and a colonel in the French army. Her mother, whose maiden name, Carradori, she adopted (and always so spelt in Italy), came from ...

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Austral, Florence (1892–1968), singer, was born Florence Mary Wilson on 26 April 1892 in Richmond, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria (the same suburb in which Dame Nellie Melba had been born in 1861), the daughter of a Swede, Wilhelm Lindholm, who had emigrated to ...

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Collier, Marie Elizabeth (1927–1971), singer, was born on 16 April 1927 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, the daughter of Thomas Robinson Collier (1894–1962), an employee of Victorian Railways who won the Military Cross and Bar during World War I, and his wife, ...

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Howard, Ann [real name Ann Pauline Giles, née Swadling] (1934–2014), singer, was born on 22 July 1934 at 90 Knollys Road, Streatham, London, the only child of William Alfred Swadling (1903–1985), electrical engineer, and his wife (Gladys) Winifred, née Howell...

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Leigh, Adele [real name Adele Patricia Freedman; married names Morgan, Pease, and Enderl] (1928–2004), singer, was born at the Mothers’ Hospital, Hackney, on 15 June 1928, the daughter of Adolph Hyam Desmond (Harry) Freedman (b. 1896/7), a draper's assistant who had served as a second lieutenant with the ...

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Poole, Elizabeth [married name Bacon] (1820–1906), singer and actress, was born in Adam Street, Marylebone, London, on 5 April 1820, the youngest daughter of the architect John Lidbury Poole (bap. 1783, d. 1845), who supervised construction of the Royal Mint...

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Shuard, Amy (1924–1975), singer, was born on 19 July 1924 at 154 Southwark Bridge Road, Southwark, London, the daughter of Arthur Shuard (1893–1962), bookseller’s assistant, and his wife Edith Louisa, née Long (1897–1983). During her childhood the family moved from central ...