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Gracie Fields

Biography

The effectiveness of Gracie Areas’ outstanding soprano voice transported the actress and singer from her humble begin in a little Lancashire backstreet to her position a long time later like a Dame from the Uk Empire. Created in 1898 above a store in the city of Rochdale, her 60 years in music and films survived the battle years along with a batch of related bad publicity, a fight against cancer from the cervix, and three husbands. Areas, who was created Gracie Stansfield, began her profession in traveling United kingdom troupes while making extra cash with factory function. Her acquaintance with Archie Pitt, a comedian, offered her fledgling profession a lift when he started to promote her in earnest. Both first worked collectively inside a revue known as Yes, I BELIEVE Therefore in 1915. Even more revues implemented, and in 1923, Pitt wed the near future star. 2 yrs later, Areas and Pitt brought an extremely successful revue towards the Alhambra Theater in London and continued the road using the production for nearly a decade. Areas was officially a superstar at this time, and quite rich aswell. In pursuing years, her productions became standing-room-only occasions. She and Pitt ultimately divorced. The vocalist made an appearance in a complete of 16 movies, you start with Sally inside our Alley in 1931. The melody “Sally,” which became her theme, was extracted from the film. Interestingly, on the pursuing years, Areas found despise the ditty. Before her film profession was through, she was attracting additional money per picture than every other celebrity of your day within the U.K. Films, however, weren’t something she appreciated doing, despite the fact that Hollywood beckoned by means of a Twentieth Hundred years Fox agreement. By the finish from the 10 years she was a favorite recording superstar and acquired toured many continents. Pursuing her appearance within the film Shipyard Sally in 1939, Areas was identified as having cancer from the cervix. Supporters around the world showered her making use of their like and concern, loaded into greater than a quarter-million bits of email. Following procedure, she retreated towards the Isle of Capri, associated with Monty Banking institutions, a film director she fulfilled on the group of Queen of Hearts, and Mary Davey, a female who acted as Areas’ friend. Still quite sick when World Battle II erupted, Areas however insisted on amusing British troops which were stationed in France. The vocalist wed Banking institutions, an Italian, in 1940. During wartime, Italians experienced being branded foe aliens, along with the chance for internment that followed this type of label. Areas sidestepped the challenging quagmire intimidating her new spouse and relationship by acknowledging concerts in THE UNITED STATES. The resulting promotion was furiously adverse back home within the U.K., where she was regarded as fleeing her nation in its period of need. Regardless of the roasting her country’s papers gave her, Areas continued to improve cash for England’s battle effort, and in the long run, the full total amounted to greater than a half-million dollars. She proceeded to go home to Britain and performed there double through the early ’40s. She also made an appearance often on radio. A coronary attack wiped out Banking institutions aboard the Orient Express in 1950. Areas discovered her third spouse in Boris Alperovici. She passed on in 1979, the victim of a bad heart attack.

Quick Facts


Full Name Gracie Fields
Date Of Birth January 9, 1898
Died September 27, 1979, Capri, Italy
Profession Actor, Singer, Comedian
Nationality British, Italian
Spouse Boris Alperovici, Monty Banks, Archie Pitt
Parents Fred Stansfield, Jenny Stansfield
Siblings Tommy Fields, Betty Fields, Edith Fields
Music Songs The Biggest Aspidistra in the World, Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye, When I Grow Too Old to Dream, Walter, Walter, I Took My Harp to a Party, Sing as We Go, In My Little Bottom Drawer, Isle of Capri, Pedro The Fisherman, The Thing-Ummy-Bob, Christopher Robin Is Saying His Prayers, Now Is the Hour, One Day When We Were Young, He's Dead but He Won't Lie Down, Only a Glass of Champagne, Take Me To Your Heart Again, What Can You Give A Nudist, The Wickedness of Men, The House Is Haunted, Oh My Beloved Father, Will You Love Me When I'm Mutton, He Wooed Her and Wooed Her and Wooed Her, Bless This House, Come Back to Sorrento, Little Old Lady, Three Green Bonnets, Red Sails in the Sunset, A Nice Cup of Tea, Ee by Gum, Smile When You Say Goodbye, If I Should Fall in Love Again, Fonzo My Hot Spanish Knight
Albums The Gracie Fields Story, Our Gracie: 20 Great Songs, Centenary Celebrations, Sally And Other Favourites, The Biggest AspidistraIn The World, Sing as We Go, Those Were the Days; Divas of Yesteryear, A Retrospective Gracie Fields, Gracie Fields Live at the Holborn Empire, London on October 11th, 1933, The Definitive Gracie Fields Collection, Ultimate Collection, Gracie Fields: The Colgate-Palmolive Hour Calling the Stars, There'll Always Be an England, Bless This House, That Old Feeling, The Golden Years, September Songs, Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye, Gracie's Working Party, Rochdale, Sing As We Go Gracie Fields Favourites, Isle Of Capri, The Real Gracie - Hits & Rarities 1928-60 Vol. 2, 20, Now Is The Hour, Sus Grandes Exitos, Requests 1930 - 1952, Golden Greats, Say It Isn't So, In the Chapel in the Moonlight, The Definitive Gracie Fields Collection (Volume 2), Story of a 40s Star, Count Your Blessings, The Clatter of the Clogs, Best of Gracie Fields, Hit Wonder: Gracie Fields, Vol. 1, Donkey Serenade, Come Back to Sorrento, The World Of Gracie Fields, Gracie, The Best of Gracie Fields, Wish Me Luck, Gold: 100 Songs from Our Gracie, The Rochdale Hounds, Our Gracie, Legends (Remastered), The Show Goes On, Take Me To Your Heart Again, Volume 2: Looking on the Bright Side, Northern Sweetheart, Volume 1: Sing as We Go, Nostalgic Memories-The Very Best Of Gracie Fields-Vol. 26
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Single Performance
Movies Molly and Me, Sing As We Go, Sally in Our Alley, Shipyard Sally, Look Up and Laugh, Holy Matrimony, Stage Door Canteen, The Show Goes On, Paris Underground, We're Going to Be Rich, Queen of Hearts, Looking on the Bright Side, Love, Life and Laughter, This Week of Grace, Smiling Along


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#Fact
1 She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1938 King's New Year Honours List for her services to entertainment.
2 Gracie's Little Brother, Tommy Fields was a pantomime star.
3 Bing Crosby's last concert was in Brighton, England on October 12, 1977, two days before his death. Gracie was in attendance and Crosby's very last photograph was taken with her.
4 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6125 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
5 She was born over a chip shop.
6 A symbol of courage and hope, and a huge, sentimental favorite during Depression-riddled England, her popularity ended abruptly when she moved to the United States during the war years, never quite winning her public back even when she returned. She maintained with cabaret performances and musical tours.
7 Created a Dame in early 1979, a few months before she died.
8 Her last recording "The Golden Years of Gracie Fields" was made in 1975 at age 77.
9 Received the Order of Officer Sister of St. John of Jerusalem in 1938 for her hospital/charity work.
10 Her soprano was so unique and distinctive, she was once encouraged to go into opera, but declined, feeling that her own interpretive style gave more pleasure to her fans.
11 Highest paid film star in the world in 1937.
12 Suffered from cancer of the cervix in 1939 and nearly died, but it went into remission following an operation. She received over 250,000 "get-well" cards.
13 Gracie's first 'serious' stage role was 'Her Last Affaire (1936)' but she was dropped from the film version and her role was taken by Googie Withers.
14 She was awarded the DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1979 Queen's New Year Honours List for her services to entertainment.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Aloha 2015/I performer: "When I Grow Too Old to Dream"
Upstairs Downstairs 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
YellowBrickRoad 2010 performer: "Walter, Walter Lead Me to The Altar"
Nowhere Boy 2009 performer: "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake"
An Englishman in New York 2009 performer: "If I'm A Dreamer Aren't We All"
The Water Horse 2007 performer: "If I Had a Talking Picture of You"
The History Boys 2006 performer: "Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye"
Chicken Run 2000 performer: "Ave Maria"
Little Voice 1998 performer: "The Dicky Bird Hop"
The Remains of the Day 1993 performer: "Roll Along Prairie Moon"
Dad's Army 1970 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Operation Snafu 1961 performer: "Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye" - uncredited
Molly and Me 1945 performer: "The Artfulness, the Sinfulness, the Wickedness of Men", "Good Morning, My Dear", "Christopher Robin Is Saying His Prayers", "Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Sing", "Always Eat When You Are Hungry" - uncredited
Stage Door Canteen 1943 performer: "Machine Gun Song" 1943, "The Lord's Prayer" 1935 - uncredited
Shipyard Sally 1939 performer: "Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye", "Grandfather's Bagpipes", "I Got the Jitterbugs", "In Pernambuco"
We're Going to Be Rich 1938 performer: "The Sweetest Song in All the World", "The Trek Song", "Walter, Walter Lead Me to the Altar", "Ee, By Gum", "Will You Love Me When I'm Mutton", "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo", "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-Dee-Ay", "Two Lovely Black Eyes"
Look Up and Laugh 1935 performer: "Look Up and Laugh", "Anna from Anacapresi", "Operatic Burlesque", "Love Is Everywhere", "Looking on the Bright Side" - uncredited / writer: "Anna from Anacapresi" - uncredited
Sing As We Go! 1934 performer: "Sing As We Go", "Just a Catchy Little Tune", "Thora" uncredited, "In My Little Bottom Drawer" uncredited, "Love, Wonderful Love" uncredited
Love, Life & Laughter 1934 performer: "Chérie" - uncredited
This Week of Grace 1933 writer: "Mary Rose", "My Lucky Day", "Melody at Dawn"
Looking on the Bright Side 1932 performer: "Looking On the Bright Side", "I Hate You", "After Tonight We Say Goodbye", "You're More Than All The World To Me", "He's Dead But He Won't Lie Down" - uncredited
Sally in Our Alley 1931 performer: "Sally", "Fall In And Follow The Band", "Fred Fannakapan", "Lancashire Blues" - uncredited / writer: "Lancashire Blues" - uncredited

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The United States Steel Hour 1956-1963 TV Series Sarah Dowey
Studio One in Hollywood 1958 TV Series Mrs. Harris
The DuPont Show of the Month 1958 TV Series Miss Pross
Goodyear Playhouse 1956 TV Series Miss Jane Marple
Armchair Theatre 1956 TV Series Mrs. Dowey
Paris Underground 1945 Emmeline Quayle
Molly and Me 1945 Molly Barry
Holy Matrimony 1943 Alice Chalice
Stage Door Canteen 1943 Gracie Fields
Young and Beautiful 1943 Short Gracie Fields
Shipyard Sally 1939 Sally Fitzgerald
Smiling Along 1938/I Gracie Gray
We're Going to Be Rich 1938 Kit Dobson
The Show Goes On 1937 Sally Scowcroft
Queen of Hearts 1936 Grace Perkins
Look Up and Laugh 1935 Gracie Pearson
Sing As We Go! 1934 Gracie Platt
Love, Life & Laughter 1934 Nellie Gwynn
This Week of Grace 1933 Grace Milroy
Looking on the Bright Side 1932 Gracie
Sally in Our Alley 1931 Sally Winch

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shipyard Sally 1939 story

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Riders to the Sea 1935 Short producer - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stars on Sunday 1970-1979 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1979 TV Series Herself - Guest
Parkinson 1977 TV Series Herself
This Is Your Life 1974 TV Series documentary Herself
The World at War 1974 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Herself
The Royal Variety Performance 1964 1964 TV Movie Herself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1961-1962 TV Series Herself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1961 TV Series Herself - Singer
Parade 1960 TV Series Herself
Showtime 1960 TV Series Herself
This Is Your Life 1959-1960 TV Series documentary Herself
The Arthur Murray Party 1959 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1953-1959 TV Series Herself / Singer / Herself - Guest Host
Music Shop 1959 TV Series Herself - Performer
Spectacular 1959 TV Series Herself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1955-1959 TV Series Herself
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z 1958 TV Series Herself
The Big Record 1958 TV Series Herself
What's My Line? 1955-1958 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
Val Parnell's Startime 1956 TV Series Herself
Tomorrow's Man 1955 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Name's the Same 1953 TV Series Herself - Contestant
Ocean Terminal 1952 Documentary short Guest appearance (uncredited)
Music-Hall 1951-1952 TV Series Herself
Texaco Star Theatre 1948-1951 TV Series Herself / Norma Desmond / Herself - Comedian / ...
Ford Star Revue 1950 TV Series Herself
Lucky Dip 1950 TV Series Herself - Presenter
Starlight 1937 TV Series Herself - Performer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Year to Remember 1991 TV Series documentary Herself
The 1930's: Music, Memories & Milestones 1988 Video documentary Herself - Sings on Stage
Omnibus 1988 TV Series documentary Herself
Chasing Rainbows - A Nation and Its Music 1986 TV Series documentary Herself
The British Greats 1980 TV Series Herself
Clapper Board 1979 TV Series
To See Such Fun 1977 Documentary Herself
The World at War 1973 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Highlight: The Singing Cinema 1964
Operation Snafu 1961 Herself (uncredited)
What a Performance! Pioneers of Popular Entertainment 2015 TV Series documentary
Victoria Wood's Nice Cup of Tea 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Entertaining the Troops 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Comedy Map of Britain 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
The Best of the Royal Variety 2006 TV Series Herself
Shepperton Babylon 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
Christmas Under Fire 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Nancherrow 1999 TV Series Herself
Paul Merton's Palladium Story 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Room 101 1994 TV Series Herself
Songs That Won the War 1994 TV Movie documentary Herself (sings)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1957 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Single Performance by an Actress The United States Steel Hour (1953)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1943 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Holy Matrimony (1943)


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