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Connor, Edric Esclus (1913–1968), actor and singer, was born on 2 August 1913 in the village of Mayaro, Trinidad, the son of Edwin Connor, shoemaker and small farmer. At sixteen he won a scholarship from the Trinidad government railway to study engineering at the ...

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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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Grant, Cyril Ewart Lionel [Cy] (1919–2010), actor and singer, was born on 8 November 1919 in Beterverwagting, Demerera, British Guiana, the son of Henry William Grant, a Moravian minister. His mother was a music teacher. 'I was brought up in a typically colonial way', he later said, 'singing ...

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Lind, Letty [real name Letitia Elizabeth Rudge] (1861–1923), actress and dancer, was born Letitia Elizabeth Rudge on 21 December 1861, at her father's residence, Back 159, Irving Street, Birmingham. Letty was the eldest daughter in the family of five daughters and three sons of ...

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O'Shea [married name Rollo], Teresa Mary [Tessie] (1913–1995), singer and actress, was born on 13 March 1913 at 61 Plantagenet Street, Cardiff, the daughter of James Peter O'Shea, a labourer at a gasworks, and his wife, Nellie, née Carr. Her father was Irish, her mother Lancastrian. A natural performer, she won a talent contest at the age of eight, tying for first place with an entire Welsh choir. A subsequent appearance in a charity show brought her to the attention of the ...