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Cicely Courtneidge


b. Esmeralda Cicely Courtneidge, 1 Apr 1893, Sydney, Australia, d. 26 Apr 1980, London, Britain. Her dad, actor, manufacturer and article writer Robert Courtneidge, was showing up within the operetta Esmeralda when she was created, therefore the name. Back Britain she qualified for the stage with age 10 made an appearance as Fairy Peaseblossom in Midsummer Night time’s Dream, accompanied by her dad’s production from the Arcadians in 1909. She produced her first information in 1911, performing selections from your show where she was showing up, (The) Mousme. Courtneidge wedded musical comedy celebrity Jack port Hulbert in 1914, even though he was involved in World Battle I she toured the music halls like a man impersonator and relatively risqué comedienne. After showing up in several displays collectively, Courtneidge and Hulbert produced their 1st big effect as a group within the 1925 revue INCIDENTALLY, with music by Vivian Ellis. It went for over 300 shows before moving to NY. Lido Woman, in 1926, having a Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart rating, and Clowns In Clover, which opened up in 1927 and went for just two years, verified their enormous recognition in London’s Western End. Right now, Hulbert was also composing and generating. The team split temporarily, even though he was showing up with Sophie Tucker within the musical perform Follow A Celebrity, Courtneidge was regarded as at her greatest in the Vivian Ellis revue Folly TO BECOME Wise. For some from the 30s Courtneidge focused on making movies such as for example Ghost Train, Jack port’s The Young man, Aunt Sally, Troops Of The Ruler, Me And Marlborough and Consider My Suggestion. She returned to the level in 1937 in Cover And Look for and in the next 12 months the Hulberts reunited for just one of the biggest successes, Under Your Hat, just as before with music and lyrics by Vivian Ellis. It went for over 2 yrs and was filmed in 1940. During Globe Battle II the group had substantial works in Full Golf swing and their last musical display around the London stage collectively, Something In The Atmosphere, in addition to undertaking intensive ENSA tours. Following the battle Courtneidge starred in Her Excellency, and BENEATH THE Counter-top in London and NY, where it enticed extremely hostile evaluations. In 1951 she undertook most likely the greatest part of her profession, playing Homosexual Davenport within the satirical backstage musical play Homosexual’s THE TERM, by Ivor Novello and Alan Melville. It offered her with many good tunes including ‘Guards Are On Parade’, ‘It’s Bound To Become DIRECTLY ON The Night time’ and ‘Vitality’, lots that epitomized her stage persona throughout her lengthy career. The display ran in the Saville Theater for 504 shows, and was Novello’s last – he passed away three weeks following the starting. Courtneidge’s final Western End musical was Large Spirits in 1964, a musical edition of Noël Coward’s 1941 play Blithe Soul. Its songs didn’t suit her in addition to others she experienced introduced over time, such as for example ‘The Ruler’s Horses’, ‘House’, ‘There’s Something IN REGARDS TO A Soldier’, ‘We’ll All Proceed Riding ON THE Rainbow’ and ‘I Was NOT Sentimental’. Through the 60s and 70s she toured in takes on and revues including, with Hulbert, the semi-autobiographical ONCE AGAIN With Music. She also made an appearance in several even more movies including a critically acclaimed personality component in Bryan Forbes’ The L-Shaped Space (1963), and cameos in Those Wonderful Men WITHIN THEIR Flying Devices (1965), THE INCORRECT Box (1966) rather than Right now Darling (1972). The second option premiered when she was aged 80. Within the same 12 months she was made a Dame from the English Empire. In 1986, Courtneidge’s background reached a fresh era when her ‘Consider Me BACK AGAIN TO Dear Aged Blighty’ was utilized as the starting for the Smiths’ record The Queen Is certainly Deceased. In 1995 a tribute present entitled Vitality, compiled by and starring Helen Fraser, was provided in the London Fringe.

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Full Name Cicely Courtneidge
Died April 26, 1980, Putney, London, United Kingdom
Profession Actor, Singer, Comedian
Nationality Australian, English
Spouse Jack Hulbert
Parents Robert Courtneidge, Rosaline May Courtneidge
Siblings Charles Courtneidge, Rosaline Courtneidge
Music Songs There's Something About a Soldier, Laughing Gas, Riding On a Rainbow, Double Damask, I Was Anything But Sentimental, The Moment I Saw You, We'll All Go Riding on a Rainbow, Sweet Thames / Guards On Parade / Ruritania, Vitality, Gay's The Word: Bees Are Buzzin', It's Bound to Be Right On the Night, Gay's The Word - Vitality, The Flies Crawled up the Eindow, A Tiny Flat Near Soho Square, She's Such A Comfort To Me, Gay`s the World: Sweet Thames / Guards On Parade / Ruritania, If I Had Napoleon's Hat, What A Little Moonlight Can Do, Gay`s the World: It's Bound to Be Right On the Night / Gaiety Glad, My Hat's On The Side Of My Head, Where There's You There's Me, Gay`s the World: Finder Please Return, Home, Honourable Jappy Bride, My Last Year's Girl, The Flies That Crawled Up The Window, Gay`s the World: If Only He'd Looked My Way, Try Again Tomorrow, Dear Little Jappy Girls, Things Are Looking Up, Ali Baba's Camel, Pt. 1 & 2, The Little Japanese Mamma
Albums Cicely Courtneidge and Jack Hulbert, Riding On A Rainbow, Vitality, A Vintage Recording
Movies Under Your Hat, Things Are Looking Up, Me and Marlborough, Not Now, Darling, The Spider's Web, Miss Tulip Stays the Night, The Ghost Train, The Perfect Gentleman, The L-Shaped Room, Everybody Dance, The Wrong Box, Soldiers of the King, Aunt Sally, Falling for You, Take My Tip, Night and Day, Happy Ever After, Double Exposure
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1 With her husband Jack Hulbert formed one of the most successful and popular music comedy teams in 1930's Britain. The couple met in 1913 during a joint performance and married three years later. Over the next decade, they appeared in theatres and music halls nationwide, subsequently making the transition to films. After World War II, Cicely embarked on a solo career as a straight actress, often as aunts or grandmothers. One of her best performances was in the drama The L-Shaped Room (1962).
2 She was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium in Golders Green, London, England.
3 Daughter of actor-manager Robert Courtneidge (????-6 April 1939)
4 She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1951 King's Honours List before being awarded Dame Commander of the the Order of the British Empire in the 1972 Queen's Honours List for her services to drama.



The Very Merry Widow and How 1969 TV Series Lady Phillipson
On the Buses 1969 TV Series Mum
The Very Merry Widow 1968 TV Series Lady Phillipson
Before the Fringe 1967 TV Series
Comedy Playhouse 1966 TV Series The Bursar
The Wrong Box 1966 Major Martha
Compact 1964-1965 TV Series Mrs. Bouverie-Wilson
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes 1965 Muriel, Colonel's Wife (uncredited)
Ninety Years On 1964 TV Movie Performer
ITV Play of the Week 1964 TV Series Katherine Glastonbury
Sergeant Cork 1963 TV Series Bessy Seymour
Man of the World 1963 TV Series Mrs. Rosewall
The L-Shaped Room 1962 Mavis
Theatre Night 1957-1960 TV Series Isabel Kilpatrick / Jane Hayling
The Spider's Web 1960 Miss Peake
How to Sell Your Husband a Washing Machine 1956 Short Wife
Dead by Morning 1955 Miss Tulip
Gay's the Word 1952 TV Movie Gay Daventry
Her Excellency 1949 TV Movie Her Excellency Lady Frances Maxwell
Under the Counter 1949 TV Movie Jo Fox
Under Your Hat 1940 Kay Millett
Take My Tip 1937 Lady Hattie Pilkington
Everybody Dance 1936 Katharine 'Lady Kate' Levering
Things Are Looking Up 1935 Cicely Fytte / Bertha Fytte
The Perfect Gentleman 1935 April Maye
Me and Marlborough 1935 Kit Ross
Along Came Sally 1934 Sally Bird Mademoiselle Zaza
Falling for You 1933/I Minnie Tucker
The Woman in Command 1933 Jenny Marvello / Maisie Marvello
A Blonde Dream 1932 Illustrated Ida
Night and Day 1932 Mrs. Bobday
The Ghost Train 1931 Miss Bourne
Not Now Darling 1973 Mrs. Frencham
ITV Playhouse 1969 TV Series Lady Longham



The Wrong Box 1966 performer: "Onward Christian Soldiers" 1871, "All Things Bright and Beautiful" 1848 - uncredited
The L-Shaped Room 1962 performer: "Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty" - uncredited
Under Your Hat 1940 performer: "I Won't Conga", "The Empire Depends On You", "Keep It Under Your Hat", "Tiger Rag" uncredited
Things Are Looking Up 1935 performer: "Things Are Looking Up"
The Perfect Gentleman 1935 music: "Aquellos Ojos Verdes Green Eyes" 1929 / performer: "There's Something in a Big Parade" 1935, "The Keys to Heaven", "Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!" 1915, "Aquellos Ojos Verdes Green Eyes" 1929 / producer: "There's Something in a Big Parade" 1935
Along Came Sally 1934 performer: "We'll All Go Riding on a Rainbow", "If I Had Napoleon's Hat", "The Wind's In The West", "Valse des rayons Apache Dance" - uncredited
Falling for You 1933/I performer: "Mrs. Bartholomew", "Why Has a Cow Got Four Legs" - uncredited
The Woman in Command 1933 performer: "Soldiers of the King" uncredited, "There's Something about a Soldier", "The Moment I Saw You"
Elstree Calling 1930 performer: "I've Fallen in Love"



BBC Show of the Week 1972 TV Series Herself
Stars and Garters 1965 TV Series Herself
Chelsea at Nine 1957 TV Series Herself
The Show Parade 1956 TV Movie Herself
Face the Music 1955 TV Series Herself
Variety Parade 1955 TV Series Herself
This Is Show Business 1954 TV Series Herself
The Cicely Courtneidge Show 1950 TV Movie Herself
Elstree Calling 1930 Herself

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Time to Remember 2010 TV Series documentary Herself
Heroes of Comedy 1995 TV Series documentary
Highlight: The Singing Cinema 1964
Kraft Mystery Theater 1961 TV Series Miss Peake

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