January 2, 2017


Cicely Courtneidge (1893-1980) b. Sydney, Australia.

Cicely Courtneidge

The daughter of producer Robert Courtneidge, Australian Cicely Courtneidge made her professional stage debut in The Arcadians at the Shaftesbury Theatre. She became a popular figure in British music halls and theatre before moving into films in Elstree Calling (1930). In 1916 she married her stage partner, Jack Hulbert and frequently appeared alongside him in films including The Ghost Train (1931) and Jack’s the Boy (1932). By the 1940s she had left films but returned for one of her most memorable roles as an aging lesbian music hall star in Bryan Forbes’ The L-Shaped Room (1962). The much-loved actress was awarded a CBE in 1951, and later knighted as a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1972.

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