Gertrude Lawrence
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Gertrude Lawrence (Character)
from Star! (1968)

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Gertrude Lawrence (4 July 1898 - 6 September 1952) was an English actress and musical comedy performer known for her stage appearances in the West End and on Broadway.

She starred in the original Broadway production of Moss Hart, Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin's musical about a magazine editor undergoing psychoanalysis, "Lady in the Dark" (1941). She made very few films, with her most notable movie role being Amanda Wingfield (the mother) in the first film version of Tennessee Williams's "The Glass Menagerie" (1950), a film much criticized for the watering down of its ending. Her last role in any medium was as Anna Leonowens in the original 1951 Broadway cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical "The King and I", opposite Yul Brynner in the role that made him famous, the King of Siam. After discovering that she had cancer, she left the show, and died a year-and-a-half after it opened on Broadway. Deborah Kerr played Anna in the 1956 film version of the show, which had Yul Brynner repeating his stage role.

Julie Andrews portrayed Gertrude Lawrence in the 1968 film biography, "Star!"

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