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Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

(1893-1980), Actress

Sitter in 84 portraits
Singer and actress. Courtneidge's first starring role was in The Mousmé (1911) as Miyo ko San, singing 'Little Japanese Mama'. Many roles followed, most often with her husband, Jack Hulbert. They came to the Gaiety Theatre in 1926 in Rodgers and Hart's Lido Lady, in which she introduced 'A Tiny Flat Near Soho Square'. After 1930 she divided her time between stage and screen, her films including Soldiers of the King and Under Your Hat. Wartime successes Full Swing, (1942) and Something In the Air (1943) led to Under the Counter which she took to Broadway. In Ivor Novello's final show, Gay's the Word (1951) she found her signature tune, 'Vitality!'. She was created a Dame in 1972.

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Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19293

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative
NPG x19293

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Mrs Albert Broom (Christina Livingston) - NPG x767

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Mrs Albert Broom (Christina Livingston)
half-plate glass negative, early 1910s
NPG x767

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Foulsham & Banfield, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG Ax160358

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1910s
NPG Ax160358

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Foulsham & Banfield - NPG Ax160359

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Foulsham & Banfield
bromide postcard print, 1910s
NPG Ax160359

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18903

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x18903

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18904

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x18904

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18905

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x18905

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19176

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x19176

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19177

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x19177

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19178

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x19178

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19179

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x19179

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19180

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x19180

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19181

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x19181

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19183

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x19183

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19184

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x19184

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19185

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x19185

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19186

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x19186

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19187

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x19187

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19188

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x19188

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x19189

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 March 1911
NPG x19189

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