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Allen, William Ernest (Chesney) (1894–1982), comedian and singer  

David Goldie

Allen, William Ernest (Chesney) (1894–1982), comedian and singer, was born at 7 Hamballa Road, Battersea, London, on 5 April 1894, the son of Edwin Allen, a prosperous builder, and his wife, Louisa, née Cridland. Allen's first employment on leaving school was as a solicitor's clerk. In 1912, at the age of eighteen, he made his début as an actor in repertory at the ...

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Atwell, (Una) Winifred (c. 1913–1983), pianist and entertainer  

Stephen Bourne

Atwell, (Una) Winifred (c. 1913–1983), pianist and entertainer, was born on 27 April c.1913 in Jubilee Street, Tunapuna, near Port of Spain, Trinidad, the only child of a chemist, Frederick Monroe Atwell (d. 1958), and a district nurse, Sarah Elizabeth (...

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(Una) Winifred Atwell (c. 1913–1983) by unknown photographer, 1957 collection of Stephen Bourne

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Winifred (Una) Atwell, pianist and entertainer (c. 1913–1983)

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Bard, Wilkie [real name William August Smith] (1874–1944), music-hall performer  

Michael Pointon

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 (1843/4-1899), a bookkeeper, and his wife, Marie August Stetzer (b...

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Bowman [née Bradford], Laura (1881–1957), musical entertainer  

Jeffrey Green and Rainer E. Lotz

Bowman [née Bradford], Laura (1881–1957), musical entertainer, was born in Quincy, Illinois, USA, on 3 October 1881, the daughter of Charles Bradford (c.1850–c.1915), bartender, and his wife, Lois Adelaide, née Yeates (c.1850–1912). After being taken by her aunt for an education in ...

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Bygraves, Walter William [Max] (1922–2012), singer and entertainer  

Patrick Humphries

Bygraves, Walter William [Max] (1922–2012), singer and entertainer, was born on 16 October 1922 at 7 Rye Buildings, Rotherhithe, London, the son of Henry Bygraves, dock labourer and professional boxer, and his wife, Lilian May, née McDonnell. He was brought up in a part of ...

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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  

James Hogg

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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Carr, Pearl Lavinia (1921–2020), singer and entertainer  

Spencer Leigh

Carr, Pearl Lavinia (1921–2020), singer and entertainer, was born at 23 Egremont Road, Withycombe Raleigh, Exmouth, Devon, on 2 November 1921, the daughter of Thomas Horace Carr, a fish merchant and poulterer who later owned a fish and chip shop, and his wife, ...

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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  

Alan Ruston

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  

Simon Featherstone

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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Chevalier, Albert Onésime Britannicus Gwathveoyd Louis (1861–1923)  

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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  

Simon Featherstone

Chirgwin, George (1854–1922), music-hall performer, was born on 14 December 1854 at 4 Great St Andrews Street, St Giles, London, the fifth of at least six children of Edward Dominick Chirgwin (1811–1882), shoemaker, journeyman, and circus performer, and his wife, Caroline Ellen ...

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Coborn, Charles [real name Colin Whitton McCallum] (1852–1945), music-hall entertainer and songwriter  

Basil Morgan

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

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Collins [married names Cooney, Tate], Charlotte Louisa [Lottie] (1865–1910), music-hall entertainer  

Frances Gray

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 eldest of three daughters of William Alfred Collins (1843–1881), wood-turner, and his wife, Charlotte, ...

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

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Cornelys [née Imer; married name Pompeati], (Anna Maria) Teresa [known as Madame Trenti, Mrs Smith] (1723?–1797), singer and impresario  

Judith Milhous

Cornelys [née Imer; married name Pompeati], (Anna Maria) Teresa [known as Madame Trenti, Mrs Smith] (1723?–1797), singer and impresario, was born in Venice, probably in 1723, to the Genoan actor and impresario Giuseppe Imer (d. 1758) and his wife. Many particulars of her life, especially before 1759, derive from ...