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Frances Day

(1908-1984), Actress and singer

Frances Day (Frances Victoria Schenk)

Sitter in 7 portraits
American-born actress and singer, Frances Victoria Schenck began her career in New York nightclubs. The Australian impresario Beaumont Alexander brought her to London and changed her name to Frances Day. She first found success in 1932 in the West End musical Out of the Bottle, and a year later starred in Alexander Korda's The Girl (1933). Later stage successes also included Jill Darling! (1934) opposite ballet dancer and choreographer Frederick Ashton, and the role as May Daly in Cole Porter's musical Du Barry Was a Lady, which opened at His Majesty's Theatre, London on 22 October 1942, and ran for 178 performances.

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Frances Day, by Angus McBean - NPG P917

Frances Day

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1938
NPG P917

Frances Day, by Janet Jevons - NPG x194489

Frances Day

by Janet Jevons
gelatin silver print, 1930s
NPG x194489

Carl Brisson and Frances Day on the set of 'Two Hearts in Waltz Time', by Leslie Cardew, for  Daily Herald - NPG x135038

Carl Brisson and Frances Day on the set of 'Two Hearts in Waltz Time'

by Leslie Cardew, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 21 July 1933
NPG x135038

On the set of 'Two Hearts in Waltz Time' at the Gaiety Theatre, by Edward Malindine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x135056

On the set of 'Two Hearts in Waltz Time' at the Gaiety Theatre

by Edward Malindine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 18 November 1933
NPG x135056

Frances Day as May Daly in 'Du Barry Was a Lady', by Fred Daniels - NPG x32919

Frances Day as May Daly in 'Du Barry Was a Lady'

by Fred Daniels
vintage bromide print, 1943
NPG x32919

Frances Day, by Bassano Ltd, for  Camera Press: London: UK - NPG x139864

Frances Day

by Bassano Ltd, for Camera Press: London: UK
bromide press print, 1954
NPG x139864

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