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Bard, Wilkie [real name William August Smith] (1874–1944), music-hall performer, was born on 19 March 1874 at 19 Alderley Street, Hulme, Manchester, son of William Herbert Smith, a bookkeeper, and his wife, Marie Stetzer. He was educated in Manchester, first worked there in a cotton spinner's warehouse, and became well known as a concert singer, performing at such local venues as the ...

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Bodie, Walford [real name Samuel Murphy Bodie] (1869–1939), music-hall entertainer, was born on 11 June 1869 at 33 George Street, Aberdeen, the son of William Bodie, journeyman baker, and his wife, Margaret, née Murphy. Educated at Robert Gordon College, Aberdeen, he joined the ...

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Herbert Campbell (1844–1904) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Harry Champion (1865–1942) by unknown photographer, 1938 © Getty Images

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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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Albert Onésime Britannicus Gwathveoyd Louis Chevalier (1861–1923) by B. Knight [Mafekin' Night] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chirgwin, George (1854–1922), music-hall performer, was born on 14 December 1854 at 4 Great St Andrews Street, St Giles, London, the fourth of the four children of Edward Chirgwin (d. 1877), shoemaker, journeyman, and circus performer, and his wife, Caroline (d...

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Charles Coborn (1852–1945) by unknown photographer [in costume for the Monte Carlo song] Mander & Mitchenson Theatre Collection

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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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Charlotte Louisa Collins (1865–1910) by London Stereoscopic Co. Getty Images – London Stereoscopic Co.

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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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Ernest Augustus Elen (1862–1940) by unknown photographer, c. 1905 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elliot, Launceston (1874–1930), weightlifter and strongman, was conceived in Launceston, Tasmania (hence his first name), but born in Bombay, India, on 9 July 1874, the first son of Gilbert Wray Elliot (1833–1910), who was from 1853 to 1877 an official in the Bombay...

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Elliott, George Henry (1882–1962), black-face minstrel and music-hall entertainer, was born on 3 November 1882 at the George and Dragon inn, Blackwater Street, Rochdale, Lancashire. His publican father, Henry, was locally well known as a pianist, while his mother, Alice (née Gray)...

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Elvin, Joe [real name Joseph Peter Keegan] (1862–1935), music-hall entertainer, was born on 29 November 1862 at 3 Rose Street, Soho, central London, the son of Joseph Peter Keegan (1840–1901), actor and music-hall artiste, and his wife, Annie Delaney. He was educated at a Catholic school in ...

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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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Florrie Forde (1876–1940) by Elliott & Green private collection