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Gertrude Lawrence

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Gertrude Lawrence (June 4, 1898 - September 6, 1952) was an actress and musical performer popular in the 1930s and 1940s, appearing on stage in London and on Broadway, and in several films. She is particularly associated with the light comedy of Noel Coward.

She was born Gertrude Alexandria Dagmar Lawrence-Klasen, of English and Danish extraction, in London, England, and was a professional performer by the age of ten. She was sent to Catholic convent schools and attended the Italia Conti Academy, presumably to keep her out of trouble. She understudied Beatrice Lillie in the Andre Charlot London revues in the 1920s and in 1921, in the revue “A to Z”, she co-introduced with Jack Buchanan Furber and Braham’s “Limehouse Blues”. She achieved stardom when the revues were brought to Broadway in 1924 and 1926. She was one of the foremost comediennes of her day, capable of playing both slapstick clowns and elegant ladies. Her great charisma is attested to by those who saw her on stage, but her films struggle to convey her charm.

She married Francis Gordon-Howley, a director, during World War I, and they divorced in 1928, having had one daughter, Pamela (1918-2005). In 1928, she announced her engagement to Bertrand L. Taylor Jr., a New York stockbroker but the marriage was eventually called off. Lawrence then married Richard Aldrich, an American theatre owner from a blueblood family, on July 4, 1940, and they remained married until her death.

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  • LongLiveTheD

    How terrible that someone of her greatness and magnitude has TOTALLY been forgotten!!! She was the Madonna of her day and yet no one under the age of 80 knows who she is anymore! Actually she was more than Madonna or any major star of today. If you think that she was the muse of Noel Coward, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, Moss Hart, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Dephne DuMurier (to name only a few) you get a resumè that would make Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts and all green with envy! [2]

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MusicHallofFame

    The Music Hall of Fame are delighted to induct Gertrude Lawrence into the Class of 1959. Congratulations. Please vist our page too see the latest inductees into the Music Hall of Fame

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • vaughnvhalen

    :":":":":":":":":":":":":":":":" 113 years old and strong as hell <><><><><><>

    6 Mar 2011 Reply
  • EagerMinnow84

    "The Physician" is on an amazing album called "The Words and Music of Cole Porter." All original recordings.

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • xCUDDLECOREx

    very nice stuff i wish i could find her on vinyl

    13 Sep 2009 Reply
  • ErnestoTomasini

    How terrible that someone of her greatness and magnitude has TOTALLY been forgotten!!! She was the Madonna of her day and yet no one under the age of 80 knows who she is anymore! Actually she was more than Madonna or any major star of today. If you think that she was the muse of Noel Coward, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, Moss Hart, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Dephne DuMurier (to name only a few) you get a resumè that would make Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts and all green with envy!

    30 Nov 2008 Reply

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