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b. Patricia Kirkwood, 24 Feb 1921, Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, Britain, d. 25 Dec 2007, Ilkley, Western Yorkshire, Britain. An celebrity and singer and something of the leading leading girls of 40s and 50s Western End musicals, English films, and Xmas pantomimes. Kirkwood’s regular appearances within the second option medium gained her the name of ‘the biggest principal boy from the Century’, as well as the critic Kenneth Tynan known as her hip and legs ‘the eighth question of the globe’. Kirkwood began her profession at age 14 in the Salford Hippodrome, along with a yr later made an appearance in pantomime in Cardiff. When she was 16 she produced her Western End debut as Dandini in Cinderella at London’s Princes’ Theater. In 1939 at age just 18, Kirkwood headlined the revue Dark Velvet in the London Hippodrome and sang a sizzling edition of ‘My Heart Belongs To Daddy’, a music that’s forever determined with her. Further Western End successes adopted, including THE SURFACE OF THE World (1940), Woman Behave (1941), Allow’s Encounter It! (1942), Starlight Roof (1947), Ace Of Night clubs (1950) (where she released Noël Coward’s witty music ‘Run after Me Charlie’), Nice Free (1951), Amazing City (1955), and Chrysanthemum (1956). It had been while she showing up in Starlight Roof (where the 12-year-old Julie Andrews produced her Western End debut) that Kirkwood was presented to Prince Philip, consort of Queen Elizabeth, by her sweetheart, the fashion professional photographer Baron. Rumours that that they had an affair – generally strenuously denied with the celebrity – continuing to surface also within the 90s. Kirkwood’s film profession started in 1938 with Conserve A Little Sunlight, and continued beside me And MY MATE (1939), Music group Waggon (with Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch) (1940), Air travel From Folly (1945), No Keep, No Appreciate (manufactured in America with Truck Johnson) (1946), Once A Sinner (1950), Superstars In Your Eye (1956), and FOLLOWING THE Ball (1957). Kirkwood also made an appearance in a number of Royal Command Shows, in cabaret, and on radio and tv. On the tiny screen through the 50s she portrayed the renowned musical hall performers Marie Lloyd in every Our Yesterdays and Our Marie, and Vesta Tilley in THE FANTASTIC Little Tilley. 2 yrs after Kirkwood’s second hubby rich Greek-Russian ship-owner Spiro de Spero Gabriele passed away in 1954, she wedded the actor-broadcaster-songwriter (‘Probably It’s Because I’m A Londoner’, ‘I’m LIKELY TO Obtain Lit Up’) Hubert Gregg. These were divorced in 1976, and Kirkwood visited reside in Portugal for four years where she fulfilled the lawyer Peter Knight who eventually became her 4th hubby. They retired to Yorkshire, where Kirkwood regularly turned down presents to return to the level. Also Cameron Mackintosh was struggling to tempt her using the best function of Carlotta Campion within the 1987 London creation of Follies. Ultimately, however, she do emerge in to the limelight once again with her very own show, Glamorous Evenings Of Music, which opened up to excellent testimonials on the Wimbledon Theater for the outskirts of London in Apr 1993. In the next season, Kirkwood stole the present when coming up with a rare visitor appearance within a revue which celebrated the music and lyrics of Cole Porter and Noël Coward entitled Allow’s GET IT DONE!, which was shown at Chichester and beyond. She released her autobiography in 1999 but her last years had been blighted by Alzheimer’s disease.

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Full Name Pat Kirkwood
Date Of Birth February 24, 1921
Died December 25, 2007, Ilkley, United Kingdom
Profession Actor, Singer, Dancer
Nationality British
Spouse Peter Knight, Hubert Gregg, Spiro de Spero Gabriele, John Lister
Parents Norah Carr Kirkwood, William Kirkwood
Music Songs Victory Roll, Chase Me Charlie From Ace Of Clubs, My Kind of Man From Ace Of Clubs, I’d Never, Never Know From Ace Of Clubs, Ohio From Wonderful Town, Why Does Love Get In The Way? From Ace Of Clubs, Josephine From Ace Of Clubs, Love on a Greyhound Bus, The Wrong Note Rag, Is This Love?, No More Love Songs, In a Boat On A Lake With My Darling From Ace Of Clubs, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Chrysanthemum: Saturday Night, Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh! From Black Velvet, Follow Me & It's A Date, Shanghai Lil From Chrysanthemum, Most Gentlemen Don’t Like Love From Black Velvet & Leave It To Me, My Heart Belongs To Daddy From Black Velvet & Leave It To Me, Nobody’s Sweetheart From The Film Me And My Pal, Anything Goes - You're The Top, Is This Love? From Chrysanthemum, Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly? From The Film Stars In Your Eyes, Love Is a Game From Chrysanthemum, Guess Who I Saw Today? From News Faces Of 1952, Hold It Joe From Starlight Roof, In a Boat on the Lake with My Darling, Finale, As Time Goes By From Everybody's Welcome & Casablanca, Just One of Those Things From Let's Face It & Jubilee, South American Way From The Streets Of Paris & Down Argentine Way, To Keep My Love Alive From A Connecticut Yankee, I’d Pick Piccadilly From The Film Stars In Your Eyes
Albums Chrysanthemum, The Unforgettable Pat Kirkwood (Digitally Remastered)
Movies After the Ball, Once a Sinner, No Leave, No Love, Come On George!, Save a Little Sunshine, Stars in Your Eyes, Flight from Folly, Me and My Pal


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1 Was offered a contract with MGM in 1944, rumoured to be worth $250,000. She made just one film in America the following year (No Leave, No Love (1946) in which she sang three songs. Poor reviews adding to a strict diet and fitness regime imposed by the studio caused her to have a breakdown and she attempted suicide, subsequently returning home to England.
2 Publicity tagged her as 'Britain's Betty Grable'.
3 Was the daughter of a shipping clerk.
4 In 1954 she became the first female star to have her own one-hour series on British TV, "The Pat Kirkwood Show". That same year she broke box-office records with a three-month sold-out cabaret show at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas.
5 Noel Coward wrote the West End (London) musical "Ace of Clubs" (1950) especially for her.
6 She made her professional debut at the age of 14. A year later, she made her first appearance on stage, billed as the "Schoolgirl Songstress" at the Royal Hippodrome in Salford. Her first big break came in "Black Velvet" at the London Hippodrome in 1940.
7 Cole Porter once sent her a message: "You may sing any song of mine at any time for the rest of your life.".
8 Stepmother of the actress Stacey Gregg through her third marriage.
9 Following the failure of No Leave, No Love (1946), she suffered a major breakdown and attempted suicide, spending eight months in a New York sanatorium. This cost her the lead in the stage production of "Annie Get Your Gun".


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
'Wiltons' - The Handsomest Hall in Town 1970 TV Movie Carrie Harris
After the Ball 1957 Vesta Tilley
Stars in Your Eyes 1956 Sally Bishop
The Great Little Tilley 1956 TV Movie Vesta Tilley
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre 1953-1956 TV Series Eliza Doolittle Marie Lloyd
For Your Pleasure 1953 TV Movie as Patricia Kirkwood
The Passing Show 1953 TV Series Marie Lloyd
Two of Everything 1953 TV Movie Phillippa Heath
Once a Sinner 1950 Irene James (as Patricia Kirkwood)
No Leave, No Love 1946 Susan Malby Duncan
Flight from Folly 1945 Sue Brown (as Patricia Kirkwood)
Band Waggon 1940 Pat (as Patricia Kirkwood)
Come on George! 1939 Ann Johnson (as Patricia Kirkwood)
Me and My Pal 1939 Peggy (as Patricia Kirkwood)
Save a Little Sunshine 1938 Pat

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stars in Your Eyes 1956 performer: "Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?", "Stars In My Eyes", "I'd Pick Piccadilly", "The Man That Wakes The Man That Blows Reveille"
No Leave, No Love 1946 performer: "Love on a Greyhound Bus", "All the Time", "Isn't It Wonderful?" - uncredited
Band Waggon 1940 performer: "The Melody Maker" 1940, "The Only One Who's Difficult Is You" 1940, "Heaven Will Be Heavenly" 1940, "Boomps-A-Daisy" 1940

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paul Merton's Palladium Story 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
This Is Your Life 1994 TV Series documentary Herself
Looks Familiar 1972-1982 TV Series Herself - Guest
Parkinson 1978 TV Series Herself
A Birthday Gala Tribute Noel Coward 1970 TV Movie Herself - Performer (as Patricia Kirkwood)
Summerhouse 1960-1961 TV Series Herself
Billy Cotton Band Show 1960 TV Series Herself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1957-1958 TV Series Herself
Spectacular 1957 TV Series Herself - Guest
From Me to You 1957 TV Series Herself
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z 1957 TV Series Herself
The Show Parade 1956 TV Movie Herself
Val Parnell's Startime 1956 TV Series Herself
Off the Record 1955 TV Series Herself
The Pat Kirkwood Show 1954 TV Mini-Series Herself
Guess My Story 1953 TV Series Herself / panelist (as Patricia Kirkwood)
What's My Line 1953 TV Series Herself - Panellist
Kaleidoscope 1951 TV Series Herself in Song Time segment
Tin Pan Alley 1951 Herself (as Patricia Kirkwood)
Old Songs for New 1949 TV Series Herself
Variety 1938 TV Series Herself - Performer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To See Such Fun 1977 Documentary Herself (as Patricia Kirkwood)

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