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Dame Gracie Fields (1898–1979) by James Jarché © reserved; collection Science & Society Picture Library / Kodak Collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Gordon Cameron Jackson (1923–1990) by Chris Capstick, 1978 Rex Features

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Arthur Lucan (1885–1954) by unknown photographer [as Old Mother Riley, with Kitty McShane as Kitty] photograph with permission of Lucan and McShane family for OMRALAS (Old Mother Riley, Arthur Lucan Appreciation Society)

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Lucan, Arthur [real name Arthur Towle] (1885–1954), comedian, was born in Sibsey, Boston, Lincolnshire, on 16 September 1885, the second of five children of Thomas Towle, a groom, and his wife, Lucy Ann Mawer. Educated at a local national school, from an early age he became interested in theatre and frequented ...