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Hetty King (Winifred Emms) (1883-1972), Actress and male impersonator

Sitter in 7 portraits
King was a popular entertainer in the music halls, and by 1905 she had established her own solo act as a male impersonator, dressed as a 'swell' (man-about-town). During the war she regularly appeared in the uniforms of either a soldier or sailor, and took the part of principal boy in pantomimes. Known for her interpretation of such songs as Ship Ahoy (All The Nice Girls Love A Sailor'), she is remembered for presenting an act called The Songs The Soldiers Sing, in which she performed cleaned-up versions of songs from the trenches.

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Hetty King (Winifred Emms)

by Richard Brown, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x19146

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Hetty King (Winifred Emms)

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1905
NPG Ax160072

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Hetty King (Winifred Emms)

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1906
NPG Ax160067

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Hetty King (Winifred Emms) as Aladdin

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1906
NPG Ax160069

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Hetty King (Winifred Emms)

by Henry Joseph Whitlock, published by The Philco Publishing Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1906
NPG Ax160070

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Hetty King (Winifred Emms) in 'Boy Blue'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1909
NPG Ax160068

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Hetty King (Winifred Emms)

by (Alexander) Percy Guttenberg
print, early 1910s
NPG x29907