(Florence) Elsie Waters; Doris Ethel Waters

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(Florence) Elsie Waters; Doris Ethel Waters, by Francis Goodman, 3 May 1947 - NPG x88158 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

(Florence) Elsie Waters; Doris Ethel Waters

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 3 May 1947
Given by Francis Goodman Estate, 1989
Photographs Collection
NPG x88158


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  • Francis Goodman (1913-1989), Photographer. Artist of 1243 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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The Waters sisters studied piano, violin and elocution at the Guildhall before joining the family orchestra, which included their brother, actor Jack Warner. It was with their cockney alter egos, Gert and Daisy, however, that they made their names, remaining popular some 40 years on stage and radio from their Début in 1930. Boasting that they never broadcast the same act or song twice, their radio series included Gert and Daisy's Working Party (1948), Petticoat Lane, (1949) and Floggit's (1856). During the Second World War they made films for the Ministry of Food as well as touring with ENSA.

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