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Gertrude Lawrence (1898-1952), Actress

Sitter associated with 87 portraits
Actress and singer, Lawrence made her stage debut in Dick Whittington in Brixton in December 1908. Lawrence achieved her first major stage success appearing opposite Noël Coward in his musical revue London Calling (1923), having first met in the Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool in 1912. The musical included one of her many signature songs 'Parisian Pierrot'. Lawrence became Coward's great muse and life-long friend, with the author writing Private Lives (1930) especially for her, and they starred together again in Coward's Tonight at 8.30 (1935).

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Gertrude Lawrence

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 9 June 1948
NPG x29484


Gertrude Lawrence

by Dorothy Wilding
print on tissue and card mount, 9 June 1948
NPG x30453


Gertrude Lawrence

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 9 June 1948
NPG x35408


Gertrude Lawrence

by Albert Victor Swaebe
bromide press print, 1950s
NPG x184007


Gertrude Lawrence

by Vandamm Studio
bromide press print, 1951
NPG x184003


Gertrude Lawrence as Anna in 'The King and I'

by Vandamm Studio, for Planet News
bromide press print, 1951
NPG x182349


Gertrude Lawrence

by Planet News, for United Press Associations
bromide press print, 24 April 1952
NPG x184005