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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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Campbell, Herbert (1844–1904)  

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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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Champion, Harry (1865–1942)  

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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)  

Maker: B. Knight

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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Collins, Charlotte Louisa (1865–1910)  

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

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Dickerson, Isaac Perry (1850/1852–1900), singer and preacher  

Jeffrey Green

Dickerson, Isaac Perry (1850/1852–1900), singer and preacher, was born into slavery in Wytheville, in south-west Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, probably in July 1850 or in 1852 (sources differ). His formal schooling started as a teenager, following emancipation in 1865, and in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he worked for a Jewish shopkeeper whose son taught him to read and write. In 1867 he enrolled at ...

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Elen, Ernest Augustus (1862–1940)  

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

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Elen, Ernest Augustus [Gus] (1862–1940), music-hall singer  

Dave Russell

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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Elliott, George Henry (1882–1962), black-face minstrel and music-hall entertainer  

Michael Pickering

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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Fields, Dame Gracie [real name Grace Stansfield] (1898–1979), music-hall entertainer and film actress  

Jeffrey Richards

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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Fields, Dame Gracie (1898–1979)  

Maker: James Jarché

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

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Forde, Florrie [real name Flora Augusta Flanagan; married name Flora May Augustus Barnett] (1876–1940), music-hall entertainer  

Frances Gray

Forde, Florrie [real name Flora Augusta Flanagan; married name Flora Augusta Barnett] (1875–1940), music-hall entertainer, was born at Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, on 16 August 1875, the daughter of Francis Lott Flanagan, monumental mason, and his wife, Phoebe, née Simmons (...