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Dame Vera Lynn

(1917-2020), Singer, television show host and philanthropist

Dame Vera Lynn (Vera Margaret Lewis (née Welch))

Sitter in 14 portraits
A singer whose career flourished during World War II, when she was one of the country's major entertainers and nicknamed 'The Forces' Sweetheart'. Her many popular songs included 'We'll Meet Again' and 'The White Cliffs of Dover'. Lynn began singing at seven in a working men's club. Her first radio broadcast, with the Joe Loss Orchestra, was in 1935. In 1940 she began her own radio series, Sincerely Yours, sending messages to British troops abroad. She toured Egypt, India and Burma and gave outdoor concerts for soldiers. Lynn's career continued to flourish in the 1950s and 1960s. She performed for the final time outside Buckingham Palace in 1995, in a ceremony marking the golden jubilee of VE Day.

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Dame Vera Lynn, by Arnold Newman - NPG P150(24)

Dame Vera Lynn

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
NPG P150(24)

Dame Vera Lynn, by Harry Hammond - NPG x15543

Dame Vera Lynn

by Harry Hammond
bromide print, 1955
NPG x15543

Dame Vera Lynn, by Lewis Morley - NPG x125204

Dame Vera Lynn

by Lewis Morley
resin print, 1960s
NPG x125204

Dame Vera Lynn, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165947

Dame Vera Lynn

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 19 February 1969
NPG x165947

Dame Vera Lynn, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165948

Dame Vera Lynn

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 19 February 1969
NPG x165948

Dame Vera Lynn, published by The Peter Maurice Music Co Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D46408

Dame Vera Lynn

published by The Peter Maurice Music Co Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1943
NPG D46408

Dame Vera Lynn, published by The Peter Maurice Music Co Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D46410

Dame Vera Lynn

published by The Peter Maurice Music Co Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1943
NPG D46410

Dame Vera Lynn, published by B. Feldman & Co Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D46409

Dame Vera Lynn

published by B. Feldman & Co Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1946
NPG D46409

Dame Vera Lynn (Vera Margaret Lewis (née Welch)), published by The Peter Maurice Music Co Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48043

Dame Vera Lynn (Vera Margaret Lewis (née Welch))

published by The Peter Maurice Music Co Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1952
NPG D48043

Dame Vera Lynn, by Suzi Malin - NPG D6885

Dame Vera Lynn

by Suzi Malin
pen and ink and watercolour, 1986
NPG D6885

Dame Vera Lynn, by Suzi Malin - NPG D6886

Dame Vera Lynn

by Suzi Malin
pen and ink and watercolour, 1986
NPG D6886

Dame Vera Lynn, by Suzi Malin - NPG D6887

Dame Vera Lynn

by Suzi Malin
pen and ink and watercolour, 1986
NPG D6887

Dame Vera Lynn, by Suzi Malin - NPG D6888

Dame Vera Lynn

by Suzi Malin
pen and ink and watercolour, 1986
NPG D6888

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