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Tessie O’Shea

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b. Teresa O’Shea, 13 March 1913, Cardiff, Wales, d. 21 Apr 1995, Leesburg, Florida, USA. A warm, ebullient, and greatly endearing entertainer, ‘Two Lot Tessie’, as she was billed, was taken up to watch range functions perform at Cardiff Empire when she was just four yrs . old. She later on won skill contests on her behalf performing and dancing, so when she was 12, produced her single stage debut in the Bristol Hippodrome. This is accompanied by an engagement on the Chiswick Empire, and additional range circuit bookings. Often aware of her a lot more than enough girth – she ultimately reached 17 rocks in pounds – O’Shea outfitted primarily in comic clothing – elastic-sided boot styles, striped stockings and over-large hats. In the first days she structured her work on the renowned Lily Morris, and belted out figures such as for example ‘Josh-u-ah’, ‘Don’t Possess ANY LONGER, Missus Moore’, ‘Keep Your GIVE AWAY, Naughty Young man’, and ‘Why Am I USUALLY The Bridesmaid’. From the past due 30s she was a superstar, regularly playing summertime periods in Blackpool, and topping expenses throughout the property, accompanying herself in the banjulele while performing songs such as for example ‘I Met Him BY Withered Weeping Willows’, ‘No one Loves A (Body fat) Fairy When She’s 40’, and, as battle broke out, ‘I FELL DEEPLY IN LOVE WITH An Airman Who Acquired Big Blue Eye, But I’m No one’s Sweetheart Today’. During Globe Battle II she toured with ENSA, and in 1942 made an appearance with Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, Cecil Frederick, Robby Vincent, and Harry Korris in Robert Nesbitt’s revue, Happidrome, on the Prince of Wales theater. In 1944 she topped the costs on the London Palladium with Potential Miller, and, 2 yrs afterwards, was back on the Palladium starring with Nat Jackley, Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss in another Nesbitt creation, High Time. With this display, O’Shea produced her entry atop an elephant that became pregnant through the operate and threw the celebrity off, necessitating a three-month amount of recuperation. Nevertheless, she was match plenty of by November 1946 to be a part of the Royal Range Performance of this 12 months. In 1949, she toured with another of Britain’s preferred ‘heroes’, dance music group Billy Natural cotton, and their energetic musical revue Tess And Expenses was also citizen at London’s Victoria Palace for any season. Through the 50s, because the introduction of tv gradually closed a lot of the range theatres, O’Shea continuing to operate in summer displays and cabaret, and on radio, in addition to showing up in provincial productions of has such as for example Sailor Beware, and Peter Ustinov’s Romanoff And Juliet. On 8 Dec 1963, she opened up on Broadway in Noël Coward’s THE LADY Who FOUND Supper, a musical version of Terence Rattigan’s play The Sleeping Prince. She was a massive success because the marvelous cockney fish-and-chips vendor, Ada Cockle, and ended the present every evening with her exuberant rendition of ‘London’ (‘is certainly a small amount of all-right/no one can deny that’s accurate’). She gained the Tony Prize for Helping/Featured Celebrity, and came back to NY in 1966 (filled with Welsh highlight) with another musical, A PERIOD For Singing, predicated on Richard Llewellyn’s How Green Was My Valley. O’Shea became the toast of Broadway, guested on all of the US tv chat displays, and performed the Nurse in a fresh Orleans Repertory Theater demonstration of Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet. She also received an Emmy on her behalf part inside a tv edition of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde. She was back Britain in 1970 in the Blackpool Opera Home with comedian Ken Dodd, and in addition shone in the tv screen comedy NEARLY AS GOOD Cooks Proceed. In old age, domiciled in america, she experienced a cameo part as Mrs Hobday within the Walt Disney film Bedknobs And Broomsticks and starred inside a NEVADA revue. O’Shea continuing to come back to Britain sometimes, reminding viewers there of her placement as a distinctive entertainer.

Quick Facts


Full Name Tessie O'Shea
Died April 21, 1995, Marion County, Florida, United States
Profession Actor, Singer, Entertainer
Nationality Welsh
Parents Nellie Theresa Carr, James Peter O'Shea


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#Fact
1 Her father was Irish.
2 Won Broadway's 1964 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for her rousing interpretation of a fish-and-chips seller in "The Girl Who Came to Supper."
3 Was one of Ed Sullivan's guests on the famous 9 February 1964 show that featured the US debut of The Beatles.
4 Her signature song was "Two-Ton Tessie from Tennessee."
5 During one show at the London Palladium, she made her entrance on top of an elephant. During one of her performances, the elephant, which was pregnant and quite moody at the time, threw her off. She was laid up for over three months.
6 Toured with ENSA during WWII.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Matt and Jenny 1979 TV Series Cora
Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1971 Mrs. Hobday
As Good Cooks Go 1969-1970 TV Series Blodwen O'Reilly / Blodwin O'Reilly / Blodewn O'Reilly
The Best House in London 1969 Singer
Comedy Playhouse 1969 TV Series Blodwen O'Reilly
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1968 TV Movie Tessie O'Toole
The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming 1966 Alice Foss
Mr. Scrooge 1964 TV Movie Mrs. Cratchit
The Shiralee 1957 Bella
Tess and Jim 1956 TV Mini-Series
Panto Parade 1954 TV Movie
All Star Revue 1951 TV Series Guest Welsh Music Hall Entertainer
Somewhere in Politics 1948 Daisy Smart
Holidays with Pay 1948 Pansy Rogers (as Two Ton Tessie O'Shea)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1968 TV Movie performer: "Soldiers of the Queen" - uncredited
The Ed Sullivan Show 1964 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Blue Lamp 1950 performer: "There Isn't Enough to Go Round", "I'm Looking for a Lad" - uncredited / writer: "I'm Looking for a Lad" - uncredited
Somewhere in Politics 1948 performer: "Spade and Bucket" - uncredited
Holidays with Pay 1948 performer: "Strolling Along By The Seaside", "He Isn't Much To Look At"
London Town 1946 aka "My Old Man Said Follow the Van", performer: "My Heart Goes Crazy", "Don't Dilly Dally on the Way", "Any Old Iron" , "Wot Cher, Knocked 'Em in the Old Kent Road", uncredited
The Way Ahead 1944 performer: "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
This Is Your Life 1984 TV Series documentary Herself
The Word 1978 TV Mini-Series Herself
The Good Old Days 1969-1976 TV Series Herself - Performer / Herself - Guest Artist
Seaside Special 1975 TV Series Herself
Looks Familiar 1973-1974 TV Series Herself - Guest
Look Who's Talking 1974 TV Series Herself - Interviewee
The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club 1974 TV Series Herself
Shut That Door! 1973 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1970-1972 TV Series Herself - Entertainer / Herself
The Golden Shot 1972 TV Series Herself
Saturday Variety 1972 TV Series Herself
The Melodies Linger On 1971 TV Series Herself
Maggie's Place 1970 TV Series Herself
Frost on Saturday 1969 TV Series Herself
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Herself
The Liberace Show 1969 TV Series Herself
Set 'em Up Joe 1969 TV Series Herself
International Cabaret 1968 TV Series Herself
Frost on Sunday 1968 TV Series Herself
BBC Show of the Week 1968 TV Series Herself
The Hollywood Squares 1967 TV Series Herself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1963-1967 TV Series Herself - Singer / Singer
Girl Talk 1966-1967 TV Series Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1965 TV Series Herself
Fanfare 1965 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Entertainers 1964 TV Series Herself
Juke Box Jury 1964 TV Series Herself - Panellist
The 18th Annual Tony Awards 1964 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Comedy Bandbox 1962-1963 TV Series Herself
Saturday Bandbox 1962 TV Series Herself
Showtime 1961 TV Series Herself
Welsh Rarebit 1957 TV Series Herself
A Christmas Cracker 1956 TV Movie Herself
Northern Showground 1956 TV Series Herself
This Will Make You Laugh 1956 TV Movie Herself
The Charlie Chester Show 1951 TV Series Herself
Rooftop Rendezvous 1950 TV Series Herself
The Blue Lamp 1950 Herself
Music-Hall 1949 TV Series Herself
London Town 1946 Herself
The Way Ahead 1944 Herself - ENSA Entertainer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ed Sullivan Presents: The Beatles 2003 Video Herself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1968 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Drama The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1968)


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