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Florence Desmond


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).

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Date Of Birth May 31, 1905
Died January 16, 1993, Guildford, United Kingdom
Height 1.6 m
Profession Actor, Comedian, Impersonator
Education Dame Alice Owen's School
Nationality English
Spouse Charles Hughesdon, Tom Campbell Black
Siblings Fred Desmond
Music Songs Deepest Shelter in Town, Cigarettes, Cigars, The Deepest Shelter, I've Got The Deepest Shelter In Town, Oh! What a Surprise for the Duce!, Mae Time, Vegam Vegam Vegam, Mademoiselle L'Amour, Vegam Vegam
Movies Some Girls Do, Charley Moon, Three Came Home, Keep Your Seats, Please, Accused, No Limit, Gay Love, Mr. Skitch, Sally in Our Alley, Hoots Mon!, My Lucky Star, Nine till Six

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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
Accused 1936 Yvette Delange
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
High Society 1932 Florrie
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
Radio Parade 1933 Herself
Impromptu 1932 Short Herself

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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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