b. Florence Elizabeth Dawson, 31 Might 1905, London, Britain, d. 16 January 1993, Guildford, Surrey, Britain. The sister of Fred Desmond, a knockabout music hall comedian, Florence performed many stage and display screen roles, generally in light comedies, musicals and revues. She acquired a special present for impersonation and would play multiple assignments in a few productions. Among impresario Charles B. Cochrane’s ‘young ladies’ she was in a number of of his productions including two compiled by Noël Coward, On WITH ALL THE Dance (1925) which Year Of Sophistication! (1928), the last mentioned on Broadway with Coward. Desmond performed cabaret in London, was on radio, and toured range theatres in the united kingdom, in the last mentioned case proceeding her own present, REMOVING. She made an appearance also in 1937’s Royal Range Performance. Desmond’s initial film appearance is at THE STREET To Lot of money (1930) and through the remaining 10 years she appeared frequently: Sally INSIDE OUR Alley (1931), The River Home Ghost, Nine Right up until Six, My Lucky Superstar, Murder On THE NEXT Floor, The Relationship Bond, Impromptu, Great Culture (all 1932), Radio Parade, Longer Live The Ruler, Mr. Skitch, I Am Suzanne (all 1933), the final an uncredited soundtrack appearance, Homosexual Like (1934), No Limit, KEEP THE Seats, Make sure you, Accused (all 1936), and Kicking The Moon Around (1938). Within the years of Globe Battle II, Desmond made an appearance within the film, Hoots Mon! (1940), performed in London in Applesauce! (which starred Utmost Miller and in addition included the ‘Makes Sweetheart’, vocalist Vera Lynn), and she was also dealing with ENSA touring military camps. Still mixed up in 50s, Desmond made an appearance within the film Three Arrived House (1950), was at the 1951 Royal Range Performance and is at Apples Of Eve (1952), a play where she proven that her present for multiple part playing was unimpaired. Desmond retired in 1953 but prior to the 10 years was out she returned having a film part in Charley Moon (1956), came back to the Western Result in Auntie Mame (1958, which starred Beatrice Lillie), and produced her final display appearance in a few Girls Perform (1969).
|1||British dancer and cabaret star, on stage from the age of ten. A gifted impersonator, capable of playing multiple roles during a performance. Considerably more prolific on stage and radio than on screen. Toured army camps with ENSA during World War II. Retired in 1953.|
|2||Sister of the comedy acrobat Fred Desmond from the "Desmond and Marks" double act|
|3||Also an impersonator of famous stars|
|Some Girls Do||1969||Lady Manderley|
|Charley Moon||1956||Mary Minton|
|This Is Show Business||1954||TV Series|
|Three Came Home||1950||Betty Sommers|
|Cabaret Cruise||1949||TV Series|
|Hoots Mon||1940||Jenny MacTavish|
|The Playboy||1938||Flo Hadley|
|Keep Your Seats, Please!||1936||Florrie|
|No Limit||1935||Florrie Dibney|
|Gay Love||1934||Gloria Fellowes|
|I Am Suzanne!||1933||voice, uncredited|
|Mr. Skitch||1933||Florence Desmond|
|My Lucky Star||1933||Mlle. de Capo|
|Long Live the King||1933||Short||Florie|
|The River House Ghost||1932||Flo|
|Nine Till Six||1932||Daisy|
|The Marriage Bond||1932||Elsie|
|Murder on the Second Floor||1932||Lucy|
|Sally in Our Alley||1931||Florrie Small|
|The Road to Fortune||1930||Toots Willoughby|
|Keep Your Seats, Please!||1936||performer: "You've Got Me Standing on the Tip of My Toes", "Goodnight Binkie" - uncredited|
|No Limit||1935||performer: "Riding Around On A Rainbow", "Your Way Is My Way" - uncredited|
|Looks Familiar||1984||TV Series||Herself - Guest|
|Just a Nimmo||1974||TV Series||Herself|
|This Is Your Life||1959||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z||1956-1958||TV Series||Herself|
|The Arthur Murray Party||1952-1953||TV Series||Herself - Impressionist / Herself|
|Texaco Star Theatre||1948-1953||TV Series||Herself - Impressionist / Herself - Comedian / Impressionist / ...|
|Your Show of Shows||1951||TV Series||Herself - Guest Performer|
|The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter||1951||TV Series||Herself|
|Cavalcade of Stars||1951||TV Series||Herself - Guest Impressionist|
|Hollywood on Parade No. B-9||1934||Short||Herself|
|The Vera Lynn Story||2010||TV Movie documentary||Herself|
|The Story of Light Entertainment||2006||TV Mini-Series documentary||Various|
|Highlight: The Singing Cinema||1964|
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