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Allan, Maud [real name Ulla Maude Durrant] (1873–1956), dancer, was born in Toronto, Canada, on 27 August 1873. Her name was registered as Ulla Maude Durrant, the daughter of William Allan Durrant (1851–1917), a shoemaker, and his wife, Isa...

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Bicknell [née Younger], Margaret (1681–1723), actress and dancer, was born on 11 November 1681 in Edinburgh, the daughter of James Younger, a soldier, and his wife, Margaret Keith. Both of her parents were born in Scotland. She was the elder sister of the actress and dancer ...

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Booth [née Santlow], Hester (c. 1690–1773), actress and dancer, was born about 1690. Very little is known about her parents and family background, although her mother, Jane (or Joanna), died in April 1724. She was apprenticed to the dancing-master René Cherrier, probably in 1704, and made her début as a dancer at ...

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Hester Booth (c. 1690–1773) by John Ellys private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Bulkley [née Wilford; other married name Barrisford], Mary (1747/8?–1792), dancer and actress, was the daughter of Edward Wilford (d. 1789), a minor official at Covent Garden. Wilford's sister Priscilla Steevens had in 1744 married John Rich, the proprietor of Covent Garden Theatre...

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See Castle, Vernon [real name Vernon William Blyth]

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Everard, Edward Cape (b. 1755, d. in or after 1818), dancer and actor, was born on 3 February 1755 at the White Hart at Tottenham High Cross, Middlesex, the elder son of Edward Everard (1728–1755), the innkeeper of the White Hart, and his wife, ...

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Fraser, Moyra (1923–2009), ballerina and actress, was born on 3 December 1923 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, the younger daughter and youngest of three children of John Newton Mappin Fraser (1890–1959), company director of the jewellers Mappin and Webb (and the last family member to be chairman of the business), and his wife, ...

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Moyra Fraser (1923–2009) by unknown photographer, 1949 © Daily Mail / Rex Features

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Christopher Michael Gable (1940–1998) by unknown photographer, 1989 © reserved; The Independent; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gable, Christopher Michael (1940–1998), dancer, actor, and ballet director, was born on 13 March 1940 in Hackney Hospital, London, the younger of the two sons of Denis Gable (1901–1976), a dental technician, and his wife, Hylda, née Knights (1906–1987). As a child he entered diverse talent competitions; watching the great film musicals encouraged him to dance, and at eleven he won a scholarship to the ...

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Helpmann, Sir Robert Murray (1909–1986), ballet dancer and actor, was born on 9 April 1909 at Kingsley House, Bay Road, Mount Gambier, South Australia, the eldest of the three children of James Murray Helpman (1881–1927), stock judge and auctioneer, and his wife, Mary (1883–1970)...

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Sir Robert Murray Helpmann (1909–1986) by Pamela Chandler, 1956 © Estate of Pamela Chandler / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Danny La Rue (1927–2009) by Reg Wilson, 2002 © Reg Wilson / Rex Features

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La Rue, Danny [real name Daniel Patrick Carroll] (1927–2009), entertainer, was born at 10 Horgans Buildings, Cork, Ireland, on 26 July 1927, the youngest of five children of Thomas (Tom) Carroll (b. 1895), carpenter and cabinet-maker, and his wife, Mary Ann, ...

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Ritchard, Cyril Joseph (1897–1977), dancer, actor, and theatre director, was born on 1 December 1897 at Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia, the son of Herbert Trimnell Ritchard, grocer, and his wife, Marguerite Collins. Ritchard made his name in Australia with Leah Madeleine [Madge] Elliott...

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Spiller, James (1692–1730), actor and dancer, was born in Gloucester, the son of a carrier. According to George Akerby, a painter and purported friend who wrote an early biography of him, his father had aspirations to educate him as a gentleman; but Spiller...

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Thompson, Lydia (1838–1908), dancer and actress, was born Eliza Hodges Thompson at her father's public house, 12 Brydges Street, Covent Garden, London, on 19 February 1838. She was the second of three surviving children of Philip Thompson (1801/2–1840) and Eliza, née Cooper. As her father died during her childhood and her mother remarried, she was compelled at an early age to earn her own living. She had a taste for dancing, which she learned from a ...