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Effie Atherton

(1907-2005), Actress, singer and dancer; former wife of Leslie L. Landau and later wife of Theodore H. Hoare

Effie Atherton (née Euphemia Walker Anderson, later Landau, later Hoare)

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Effie Atherton

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, July 1934
NPG x105077

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Philip Atherton

21 November 2020, 20:27

Effie Atherton was a British singer, dancer, film actress, and musical comedy performer, known initially for her stage appearances in the West End and on Broadway in New York, before moving into radio.

Atherton was on stage as a chorus girl in André Charlot’s Revue in 1924. She worked with Cochran and Noel Coward for over 10 years. She also starred in Temptation, a Franco-British film in 1934 and two other films.

Atherton had a leading in the radio show “The Air-do wells”, produced by Max Kester, accompanied by Jean Colin, and the Australian actress, Marjorie Stedeford.

Her hit songs “My young man’s ever so nice” and “Dennis the Menace from Venice” were among the most outstanding records nominated readers of Gramophone magazine in 1935.

At the peak of her career, she was reputedly one of the most beautiful women in England.

Atherton married Lesley L. Landau and embarked on a “Radio Air do” tour of America in 1936.

During World War II, Atherton was on the airwaves staring on morale boosting radio programmes, aimed at British and Commonwealth troops.