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Pamela Stanley (Lady Cunynghame)

(1909-1991), Actress; wife of Sir David Cunynghame, 11th Bt

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Pamela Stanley’s career was defined by her portrayals of Queen Victoria, a role she first played in 1935 when Laurence Housman’s play Victoria Regina previewed at the Gate Theatre, but was subsequently banned. Following the relaxation of rules surrounding the depiction of Queen Victoria on stage, the play commercially premiered at the Lyric Theatre in London in June 1937, coinciding with the anniversary of Victoria’s accession. The resemblance of its star to the young Victoria intrigued photographers, including Tanqueray. Stanley played Queen Victoria twice on film and once more on stage, in The Queen’s Highland Servant in 1968.

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