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Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

(1893-1980), Actress

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Singer and actress. Courtneidge's first starring role was in The Mousmé (1911) as Miyo ko San, singing 'Little Japanese Mama'. Many roles followed, most often with her husband, Jack Hulbert. They came to the Gaiety Theatre in 1926 in Rodgers and Hart's Lido Lady, in which she introduced 'A Tiny Flat Near Soho Square'. After 1930 she divided her time between stage and screen, her films including Soldiers of the King and Under Your Hat. Wartime successes Full Swing, (1942) and Something In the Air (1943) led to Under the Counter which she took to Broadway. In Ivor Novello's final show, Gay's the Word (1951) she found her signature tune, 'Vitality!'. She was created a Dame in 1972.

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Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge as 'Eileen Cavanagh' in 'The Arcadians', by Foulsham & Banfield, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x201024

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge as 'Eileen Cavanagh' in 'The Arcadians'

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, 1909 or 1910
NPG x201024

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, by Foulsham & Banfield, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG Ax160358

Dame (Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1910s
NPG Ax160358

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