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Frances Day


b. Frances Victoria Schenck, 16 Dec 1908, East Orange, NJ, USA, d. 29 Apr 1984, Windsor, Britain. This celebrity and singer’s attractive image and interesting voice, using its provocative, squeaky inflection, produced her an incandescent celebrity from the London stage within the 30s and 40s. While showing up like a dancer in Tx Guinan’s famous NY speakeasy in 1924, Frances Schenck was noticed by business owner Beaumont Alexander, who transformed her name and got her to London. In 1925 he got her in to the chorus of Rose-Marie in the Theater Royal, Drury Street, and 2 yrs later these were wedded. After gaining a significant reputation like a nightclub performer in London and on the Continent, Day time made an appearance in provincial productions of two musical comedies, Small Tommy Tucker (1930) and Fifty Mil Frenchmen (1931). In 1932, she finally found its way to the West Result in the publication musical From the Container, the to begin several shows where she co-starred using the comic acting professional Arthur Riscoe. In From the Container, they performed a duet for the appealing ‘I’ve Got the Moon and Sixpence.’ After that, before mid-40s, Day time lit in the London stage in an assortment of music comedies and revues. How D’You Perform?, in 1933, was adopted a year later on by Jill Darling, the display that verified her as a significant celebrity. Among her tracks was Vivian Ellis’ wonderful ‘Dancing having a Ghost.’ Also within the solid (including Arthur Riscoe) was John Mills, and he subsequently joined up with Day time for the 1937 revue Floodlight, where they sang many more Ellis amounts, including ‘A Small White Space.’ WITHIN THE Fleet’s Lit Up (1938), Day time introduced Cole Porter’s ‘It’s De-Lovely’ to London viewers. During the following couple of years she was connected with several other unforgettable songs, such as for example ‘Music, Maestro, Make sure you’ (from These Foolish Issues, 1939), ‘My Like for You’ (Dark and Blue, 1939) and Michael Carr and Eric Maschwitz’s tribute towards the Royal Atmosphere Push, ‘He Wears a set of Magic Wings,’ which she sang within the 1941 George Dark revue Dark Vanities. During Globe War II, Time entertained the soldiers in the home and overseas, in addition to working regularly within the documenting studio room and on radio and showing up within the London creation of Du Barry Was a female (1942). Soon after the end from the battle, Time starred in Evangeline (1946), an version of Nymph Errant, but without Cole Porter’s music. It folded after just 32 shows, and marked the start of Time’s drop. In 1949, she still left the ensemble from the revue Latin One fourth on the London Modern casino to surface in Bernard Shaw’s play Buoyant Billions, however the outcomes were disappointing. Within the mid-50s she actually is said to possess toured with an action called A Time and Her Knights. For this period, she documented some monitors for HMV Information, including the solitary ‘The Tires of Like’/‘Why Do the Chicken Mix the street?’ Actually before she rose to popularity, Day time began making several films. These were mainly criminal offense features and comedies, but included in this was the casual musical, such as for example Open public Nuisance No. 1 (1936), where she sang Vivian Ellis’ risqué ‘Me and My Pet.’ She also co-starred with Tommy Trinder, Sonnie Hale and Francis L. Sullivan within an engaging Roman illusion romp entitled Fiddlers Three (1944). Soon after her last film, Climb In the Wall, premiered in 1960, Time started refusing to acknowledge her prior career. She transformed her name to Frankie Time, and often transferred herself off as ‘Frances Time’s little girl.’ She continued to execute for a while, and her final stage appearance is considered to have been around in 1965 with Bob Monkhouse in London’s Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre within the Gulls, an British version of the 18th-century France satirical comedy. In her old age she lived being a recluse simply outside London. She was noticed briefly again over the display screen in 1981, when her documenting from the jaunty ‘When My Small Pomeranian Met Your Small Pekinese,’ which she made out of Al Bowlly in 1933, was performed within the Donald Sutherland film Eye from the Needle.

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Full Name Frances Day
Date Of Birth December 16, 1908
Died April 29, 1984, Windsor, United Kingdom
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Beaumont Alexander
Music Songs A Little White Room, Me and My Dog, But In The Morning, No!, It's De-Lovely, How Do You Do, Mr Right?, Caesar's Wife, I'd Do the Most Extraordinary Things, Midnight and Music, Do I Love You?, Let's Lay Our Heads Together, Dancing with a Ghost, When My Little Pomeranian Met Your Little Pekinese, A Pair of Silver Wings, I L-L-Love You So, Pardon My English, Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?, Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?, Did You Ever See A Dream, The Wheels of Love, Much More Lovely, So Must Our Love Remain, Finale, Act I, Medley : It's D'Lovely, Underneath The Arches, S'cuse Me, I Walked into a Dream Without Knocking, You've Got It, I Want It, Now I Understand, Show Me the Way to Romance, Old Playmates, My Kid's a Crooner, A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody, An Englishman Spoke in Grosvenor Square
Albums The Best of, Vol. 4, The Essential Frances Day Collection, Vol. 2, The Essential Frances Day Collection, Vol. 3, The Very Best of Frances Day, The Best of, Vol. 1, The Best of, Vol. 2, Living Legend, The Wheels Of Love, A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody, Vol. 3, Golden Girl, Vol. 1, Hang On To Happiness, A Little White Room, Vol. 2, Easy To Love, Dancing With A Ghost, A Pair of Silver Wings, A Little White Room, Vol. 3, A Little White Room, Vol. 4, Everything But You, Me And My Dog, The Very Best Of The 1930s, Faint Harmony, Vol. 3, A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody, Vol. 2, A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody, Vol. 1, The Essential Frances Day Collection, Vol. 1, The Best of, Vol. 3, Golden Girl Of The 1930's (Remastered), A Little White Room, Vol. 1, Faint Harmony, Vol. 2, Faint Harmony, Vol. 1, Heartbreak Hotel, Golden Girl, Vol. 2, Archive '33-'56
Movies Fiddlers Three, The Girl from Maxim's, Public Nuisance No. 1, Tread Softly, Who's Your Lady Friend?, You Must Get Married, Oh, Daddy!, There's Always a Thursday, The Price of Divorce, Two Hearts in Waltz Time, The Girl in the Taxi, Room for Two, Big Business, Dreams Come True, Temptation

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1 Celebrated as Britain's first and original platinum 'blonde bombshell', Frances Day was an American singer and actress who became a revue star in England.
2 Had a reputation as a voracious 'maneater'. She was mistress to several royal princes and a future Prime Minster. The writer George Bernard Shaw was enamored with her (in fact, she began to pursue him, when he was 92 and she 41). However, she was also rumoured to have had liaisons with Marlene Dietrich and Tallulah Bankhead.
3 Of German-Jewish descent, she was born Frankie Schenk and began performing in speakeasies while in her mid-teens. In England from 1925, she became an instant star of West End nightspots, creating a sensation when performing in a G-string with only an ostrich fan for cover.
4 The actor John Mills was one of her closest friends.
5 Changed her name on escaping to Maidenhead, Berkshire, England to Samta Young Johnson.



Armchair Theatre 1958 TV Series
There's Always a Thursday 1957 Vera Clandon
Tread Softly 1952 Madeleine Peters
Buoyant Billions 1949 TV Movie She
While Nero Fiddled 1944 Poppaea
Room for Two 1940 Clare Spencer
The Playboy 1938 uncredited
The Girl in the Taxi 1937 Suzanne Pomarel
Who's Your Lady Friend? 1937 Lulu
You Must Get Married 1936 Fenella Dane
Dreams Come True 1936 Ilona Ratkay
Public Nuisance No. 1 1936 Frances Travers
Oh, Daddy! 1935 Benita de Lys
Temptation 1934 Antonia Palmay
Two Hearts in Waltz Time 1934 Helene Barry
The Girl from Maxim's 1933 La Mome
The First Mrs. Fraser 1932 Night-club Singer
Big Business 1930 Pamela Fenchurch
O.K. Chief 1930 Short Girl
The Price of Divorce 1928 The Wife



While Nero Fiddled 1944 performer: "Caesar's Wife" - uncredited
Room for Two 1940 performer: "Just For the Fun of It"
Public Nuisance No. 1 1936 performer: "Swing", "Give Me A Place In The Sun", "Between You, Me and the Carpet", "Me and My Dog"
Oh, Daddy! 1935 performer: "You Bring Out The Savage In Me", "Now I Understand", "Hang On To Happiness"



Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z 1956 TV Series Herself
Off the Record 1955 TV Series Herself - and her Knights
Variety Parade 1955 TV Series Herself
This Is Show Business 1954 TV Series Herself
What's My Line 1951 TV Series Herself - Panellist
Variety 1946 TV Series Herself
Starlight 1936-1938 TV Series Herself - Performer

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Climb Up the Wall 1960 Herself (uncredited)
Such Is the Law 1930 Wife - from 'The Price of Divorce'

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