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Louise Browne

(1906-1996), Actress, dancer, singer and spy

Sitter in 71 portraits
A dancer and musical comedy star, who went on to encourage many young dancers in Britain. American-Born, Browne's career began in the Ziegfield Follies. She starred in many musicals at the Gaiety Theatre, London, including The Girl Friend in 1927. In the 1930s she held the world record for pirouettes (over 80 consecutive spins). Browne married an English diplomat, and began a long association with the Royal Academy of Dancing, initiating scholarships and directing the prestigious summer school.

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Louise Browne, by Claridge Studio - NPG x127048

Louise Browne

by Claridge Studio
sepia-toned bromide print, circa 1918
NPG x127048

Louise Browne, by Bloom - NPG x127041

Louise Browne

by Bloom
cream-toned glossy bromide print, circa 1920
NPG x127041

Louise Browne, by Bloom - NPG x127042

Louise Browne

by Bloom
cream-toned glossy bromide print, circa 1920
NPG x127042

Louise Browne, by Bloom - NPG x127043

Louise Browne

by Bloom
cream-toned glossy bromide print, circa 1920
NPG x127043

Louise Browne, by White Studio - NPG x127111

Louise Browne

by White Studio
toned bromide print, circa 1920
NPG x127111

Louise Browne, by Maurice Goldberg - NPG x127050

Louise Browne

by Maurice Goldberg
matte bromide print in photographer's folder, circa 1922
NPG x127050

Louise Browne, by Maurice Goldberg - NPG x127049

Louise Browne

by Maurice Goldberg
matte bromide print in photographer's folder, circa 1922
NPG x127049

Louise Browne, by Ira D. Schwarz - NPG x127090

Louise Browne

by Ira D. Schwarz
bromide print, circa 1922
NPG x127090

Louise Browne, by Bloom - NPG x127044

Louise Browne

by Bloom
cream-toned glossy bromide print, circa 1923
NPG x127044

Louise Browne, by Moffet - NPG x127074

Louise Browne

by Moffet
cream-toned bromide print, circa 1923
NPG x127074

Louise Browne, by Moffet - NPG x127075

Louise Browne

by Moffet
cream-toned bromide print, circa 1923
NPG x127075

Louise Browne, by Moffet - NPG x127076

Louise Browne

by Moffet
cream-toned bromide print, circa 1923
NPG x127076

Louise Browne, by Moffet - NPG x127077

Louise Browne

by Moffet
cream-toned bromide print, circa 1923
NPG x127077

Louise Browne, by Moffet - NPG x127078

Louise Browne

by Moffet
cream-toned bromide print, circa 1923
NPG x127078

Louise Browne, by Moffet - NPG x127079

Louise Browne

by Moffet
cream-toned bromide print, circa 1923
NPG x127079

Louise Browne, by Moffet - NPG x127080

Louise Browne

by Moffet
cream-toned bromide print, circa 1923
NPG x127080

Louise Browne, by Bloom - NPG x127045

Louise Browne

by Bloom
cream-toned glossy bromide print, circa 1925
NPG x127045

Louise Browne, by Bloom - NPG x127046

Louise Browne

by Bloom
cream-toned glossy bromide print, circa 1925
NPG x127046

Louise Browne, by Bloom - NPG x127047

Louise Browne

by Bloom
cream-toned glossy bromide print, circa 1925
NPG x127047

Louise Browne, by Apeda - NPG x127039

Louise Browne

by Apeda
cream-toned glossy bromide print, circa 1926
NPG x127039

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Harry Ferguson

09 April 2018, 13:10

She was also a spy! She married Captain Keith Liversidge who was an MI6 officer. He was a senior officer in Section V (Counter espionage) during World War II. Keen to do her bit, Louise became his secretary in 1940 and together they ran counter-espionage operations in Scandanavia during the war. Her husband was a Yorkshireman and, following a posting to Oslo 1945-50, they returned to live in Yorkshire where she established the Louise Browne Yorkshire Ballet Scholarship Centre. It still exists today. Her work as a spy was betrayed to the Russian KGB by the traitor Kim Philby who was also an officer in Section V.

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