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Evelyn Laye

From Wikipedia Evelyn Laye, CBE (10 July 1900 – 17 February 1996) was an English theatre and musical film actress, who was active on the London light opera stage. Born as Elsie Evelyn Lay in Bloomsbury, London, and known professionally as Evelyn Laye, and informally as Boo. Her parents were both actors and her father a theatre manager. She made her first stage appearance in August 1915 at the Theatre Royal, Brighton as Nang-Ping in Mr. Wu, and her first London appearance at the East Ham Palace on 24 April 1916, aged 16, in the revue Honi Soit, in which she subsequently toured. For the first few years of her career she mainly played in musical comedy and operetta, including Going Up in 1918. Among her successes during the 1920s were Phi-Phi (1922), Madame Pompadour (1923), The Dollar Princess, Blue Eyes (1928) and Lilac Time. She made her Broadway debut in 1929 in the American première of Noël Coward's Bitter Sweet and appeared in several early Hollywood film musicals. She continued acting in pantomimes such as The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. After the Second World War, she had less success, but she returned to the West End in 1954, in the musical Wedding in Paris.[citation needed] She also acted several times opposite her second husband, actor Frank Lawton, including in the 1956 sitcom My Husband and I. Other stage successes included Silver Wedding (1957; with Lawton), The Amorous Prawn (1959) and Phil the Fluter (1969). Married to the actor Sonnie Hale in 1926, Laye received widespread public sympathy when Hale left her for the actress Jessie Matthews in 1928. She was initially very reluctant to abandon the marriage, but, despite a trial reconciliation, a divorce case eventually followed in 1930, with the judge labelling Matthews an "odious person". She subsequently wed actor Frank Lawton, with whom she remained married until his death. Awarded a CBE in 1973, Laye continued acting well into her nineties.

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Jul 10, 1900 In Bloomsbury - London - England - UK
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First Appeared:
In the movie The Luck of the Navy 1927-11-22
Latest Project:
Series My Husband and I 2017
Known For
Poster of The Woman He Loved
Poster of Silver Wedding
Poster of Waltz Time
Poster of The Luck of the Navy
Series My Husband and I Unknown 2017
Movie The Woman He Loved Lady Cunard 1988-04-03
Series Tales of the Unexpected Unknown 1979-03-24
Movie Say Hello to Yesterday Woman's mother 1971-01-31
Movie Un estate con sentimento Cynthia Pitman 1970-08-11
Movie Theatre of Death Madame Angelique 1967-11-01
Movie Silver Wedding Lady Marlowe 1957-08-09
Movie I'll Turn to You Herself 1946-06-17
Movie The Night Is Young Elizabeth Katherine Anne 'Lisl' Gluck 1935-01-11
Movie Princess Charming Princess Elaine 1934-04-24
Movie Evensong Madame Irela (Maggie O'Neil) 1934-09-03
Movie Waltz Time Rosalinde Eisenstein 1933-06-03
Movie One Heavenly Night Lilli 1930-12-25
Movie The Luck of the Navy Cynthia Eden 1927-11-22