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Laye, Evelyn - autographed sepia postcard photo SOLD

Laye, Evelyn - autographed sepia postcard photo <b>SOLD</b>

EVELYN LAYE (1900-1996) - signed postcard photo
Size: 3.5in x 5.5in / 9cm x 14cm
United Kingdom - 1935

Charming signed sepia photo (c.1935). Evelyn Laye (1900-1996) was a very popular singer in light operas in the 1920s & 1930s. In later life, she appeared in cameo roles in films and on TV.

Also known as: Boo Laye & Elsie Evelyn Lay [Birthname]

Between the Devil [Original, Musical, Comedy]
Performer: Evelyn Laye [Natalie Rives] Dec 22, 1937 - Mar 12, 1938

Sweet Aloes [Original, Play, Drama]
Performer: Evelyn Laye [Belinda Warren] Mar 4, 1936 - Mar 1936

Bitter Sweet [Original, Musical, Operetta]
Performer: Evelyn Laye [Sarah Millick];
Performer: Evelyn Laye [Sari Linden];
Performer: Evelyn Laye [The Marchioness of Shayne]

Below From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Evelyn Laye OBE (10 July 1900 17 February 1996) was an English theatre actress.

Born Elsie Evelyn Lay in Bloomsbury, London, England, Laye 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, in the revue Honi Soit, in which she subsequently toured.

For the first few years of her career played she mainly in musical comedy and operetta, including Going Up in 1918. Among her successes during the 1920s were Madame Pompadour (1923), The Dollar Princess and Lilac Time. She made her Broadway debut in 1929 in Noel Coward's Bitter Sweet.

Married to the actor Sonnie Hale in 1926, Laye received widespread public sympathy when Hale left her for the actress Jessie Matthews in 1930. She continued acting in such productions as The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

She acted several times opposite her second husband, the actor Frank Lawton, including in the 1956 sitcom My Husband and I. Her other stage successes included Silver Wedding (1957) with Lawton, and The Amorous Prawn (1959) and Phil the Fluter (1969).

Awarded an OBE in 1973, Laye continued acting well into her nineties. It was reported after Laye's death that Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother had planned to try to get her knighted (created a DBE) even though Laye was already in her 90s.

Her acting career ranks as one of the longest in British theatre. During a tribute in 1992 at the London Palladium the actor Sir John Mills described her as "the fairest prima donna this side of heaven".

She died in London from respiratory failure at the age of 95.

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