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Mary Ellis


b. 15 June 1900, NEW YORK, NY, USA, d. 30 January 2003, London, Britain. The time of birth provided may be the ‘standard’ one, although Ellis can be reported to get stated in 1997 that she was created a century ago. A distinctive and enduring celebrity and vocalist, Ellis was a skill student for 3 years and researched singing using the Belgian contralto Madame Freda Ashforth. From 1918-22 she was using the Metropolitan Opera, where time she distributed a stage using the renowned Caruso. She after that considered the dramatic theater before creating the name role, opposing Dennis King, within the musical Rose Marie in 1924. After hardly annually she remaining the solid on significantly less than amicable conditions, as well as the Hammersteins required out an injunction to avoid her singing in the us for any additional administration. After settling in London, in the first 30s, Ellis performed Frieda Hatzfeld in Music In The Air flow, which opened up in 1933. Ivor Novello was therefore enchanted by her overall performance within the piece, that he published two of his most celebrated displays, Glamorous Night time (1933) as well as the Dance Years (1939), specifically for her. Once the second option show was pressured to close due to the outbreak of Globe Battle II, Ellis became involved with medical center welfare, and spent a lot of the battle years providing concerts for the soldiers. She and Novello had been reunited in 1943 for Arc De Triomphe, but also for all of those other decade, and to the first 50s, Ellis dedicated the majority of her time and energy to the right theater, including a significant part in Terence Ratigan’s The Browning Edition. Her association with Noël Coward’s FOLLOWING THE Ball (1954) was, by all accounts, an unsatisfied one, and became her last London stage musical. After viewing her performance for the reason that piece, the Grasp is thought to possess raged: ‘Mary Ellis couldn’t get yourself a giggle if she drawn a kipper from her drawers.’ Ellis continued to operate in theatre, although her last Western End part arrived in the 1962 creation of Appear Homeward Angel. She also made an appearance in several movies, both in Hollywood and Britain, and several television takes on. Amongst her later on television looks, was one with Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes in the first 90s. Mary Ellis wedded four occasions, her third spouse being the acting professional Basil Sydney. Her witty autobiography was released in 1982.

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Full Name Mary Ellis
Died January 30, 2003, London, United Kingdom
Height 1.63 m
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality American, British
Spouse Charlie Day
Music Songs All My Life Ago, Easy to Live With, Waltz Of My Heart, Arc de Triomphe: Walking or Sleeping, I've Told Ev'ry Little Star, Glamorous Night: Glamorous Night, Wings Of Sheep, I Can Give You The Starlight, Glamorous Night, Glamorous Night: When the Gypsy Played, Medley: I'm Alone / The Song Is You, Arc De Triomphe - Easy To Live With, I'm Alone...The Song Is You, I've Told Ev'ry Little Star - Music In The Air, Arc de Triomphe: Easy to Live With, The Wings of Sleep, Arc de Triomphe: Man of My Heart, My Life Belongs To You, Paris In The Spring, My Dearest Dear, When the Gypsy Played, Light Is The Heart, Fold Your Wings
Nominations Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Program
Movies The 3 Worlds of Gulliver, Paris in Spring, Bella Donna, Fatal Lady, Glamorous Night, All the King's Horses
TV Shows The Grinder, Perfect Couples, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Santa Clarita Diet

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1 Was made a British citizen in 1946.
2 Moved to England in the 30s and continued theatre, finding success on the London stage with "Strange Interlude" and "The Browning Version" among others.
3 She played Nerissa in a production of "Ther Merchant of Venice" in New York in 1922. Two years later, she played the titular heroine in "Rose Marie" on Broadway but left the show after an argument with managers and never sang in the United States again.
4 Switched to acting after feeling she didn't have the commitment nor patience to dedicate herself to an operatic career.
5 She was married four times -- divorced three husbands, including actor 'Basil Sydney', and her fourth husband died in a mountain climbing accident.
6 In 1993, well past age 90, she appeared in a new TV series of Sherlock Holmes adventures.
7 Joined the New York Metropolitan Opera at age 18.
8 Was Ivor Novello's inspiration for the leading ladies in his most successful operettas.
9 Probably the last surviving singer to have created a rôle in a Puccini opera (Suor Genovieffa in "Suor Angelica" at the Metropolitan Opera in 1918).



Bella Donna 1934 Mary Chepstow Amine
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 1994 TV Series Mary Maberley
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes 1993 TV Series Lady Florence
Kate 1971 TV Series Mrs. Leroy Passells
Armchair Theatre 1961 TV Series
Frederic Chopin 1961 Short
ITV Play of the Week 1961 TV Series
The 3 Worlds of Gulliver 1960 Queen of Brobdingnag
ITV Television Playhouse 1959 TV Series
Saturday Playhouse 1958 TV Series Helen Sumner / Mrs. Millward (Evie)
Hotel Imperial 1958 TV Series
Goodyear Playhouse 1957 TV Series
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre 1950-1957 TV Series Madame Pauline Viardot Irela Olivia Marsden ...
Wednesday Theatre 1953 TV Series Empress Catherine / The women in John's life
The Magic Box 1951 Mrs. Nell Collings
The First Mrs. Fraser 1950 TV Movie
The Astonished Heart 1950 Patient / Gag Bit (uncredited)
The Browning Version 1949 TV Movie Millie Crocker-Harris
Glamorous Night 1937 Melitza Hjos
Fatal Lady 1936 Marion Stuart / Maria Delasano / Malevo
Paris in Spring 1935 Simone
All the King's Horses 1935 Elaine, the Queen of Langenstein



Paris in Spring 1935 performer: "Paris in Spring", "Jealousy", "Bonjour et Bonsoir", "Paris in Spring" reprise
All the King's Horses 1935 performer: "A Little White Gardenia"



This Is Your Life 1994 TV Series documentary Herself

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Highlight: The Singing Cinema 1964

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