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Vesta Tilley

 

Matilda Alice Powles (13 May 1864 – 16 September 1952) was an English music hall performer. She adopted the stage name Vesta Tilley and became one of the best-known male impersonators of her era. Her career lasted from 1869 until 1920. Starting in provincial theatres with her father as manager, she performed her first season in London in 1874. She typically performed as a dandy or fop, also playing other roles. She found additional success as a principal boy in pantomime.

By the 1890s, Tilley was England’s highest earning woman. She was also a star in the vaudeville circuit in the United States, touring a total of six times. She married Walter de Frece, a theatre impresario who became her new manager and songwriter. At a Royal Command Performance in 1912, she scandalised Queen Mary because she was wearing trousers. During the First World War she was known as “England’s greatest recruiting sergeant” since she sang patriotic songs dressed in khaki fatigues like a soldier and promoted enlistment drives.

Becoming Lady de Frece in 1919, she decided to retire and made a year-long farewell tour from which all profits went to children’s hospitals. Her last performance was in 1920 at the Coliseum Theatre, London. She then supported her husband when he became a Member of Parliament and later retired with him to Monte Carlo. She died in 1952 on a visit to London and is buried at Putney Vale Cemetery. Her life story was commemorated in the 1957 film After the Ball.

 

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Happy Birthday Oliver Cromwell

 

Oliver Cromwell was born on 25th April 1599 in Huntingdon, and resided in St Ives between 1631 and 1636.

24th April 1645 Oliver Cromwell advanced through Oxfordshire, defeating Royalist cavalry at Islip & accepting the surrender of Bletchington House;

its Royalist commander Francis Windebank was shot on his return to Oxford for dereliction of duty

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Elizabeth Taylor

Born this day in 1932

@Renown_Pictures

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Janis Joplin – Happy Birthday

 

Janis Joplin born 19th January 1943

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Barbara Stanwyck

 

Barbara Stanwyck – born 16th July 1907 – 20th January 1990

@CaftanWoman

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Stan Laurel

Stan Laurel holding his honorary Oscar in 1961, born 130 years ago today, 16th June 1890

Robert Ross

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Audrey Hepburn

 

Born 4th May 1929

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Oliver Cromwell

 

Oliver Cromwell born on 25th April 1599 in Huntingdon, and resided in St Ives between 1631 and 1636.

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Charlie Chaplin

 

Charlie Chaplin, born 16th April 1889

Silent Review

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Mary Pickford – Happy Birthday

Mary Pickford born on 8th April 1892, in Toronto, Canada. Pictured here when Douglas Fairbanks & Charlie Chaplin surprised her for her birthday on the set of ‘How Could You Jean?’ in 1918

 

Mary Pickford

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