Gracie Fields Poster


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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 9 January 1898Rochdale, Lancashire, England, UK
Date of Death 27 September 1979Capri, Italy  (pneumonia)
Birth NameGrace Stansfield
Nickname Our Gracie
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A comedienne and singer in the British Music Halls, she was the top box-office draw and the highest paid actress in Britain in the 1930's. Her Northern, working-class girl character was a favourite during the inter-war years.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

Spouse (3)

Boris Alperovici (18 February 1952 - 27 September 1979) (her death)
Monty Banks (18 March 1940 - 7 January 1950) (his death)
Archie Pitt (1923 - 20 January 1940) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Often played characters named Gracie

Trivia (14)

She was awarded the DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1979 Queen's New Year Honours List for her services to entertainment.
Gracie's first 'serious' stage role was 'Her Last Affaire (1936)' but she was dropped from the film version and her role was taken by Googie Withers.
Suffered from cancer of the cervix in 1939 and nearly died, but it went into remission following an operation. She received over 250,000 "get-well" cards.
Highest paid film star in the world in 1937.
Her soprano was so unique and distinctive, she was once encouraged to go into opera, but declined, feeling that her own interpretive style gave more pleasure to her fans.
Received the Order of Officer Sister of St. John of Jerusalem in 1938 for her hospital/charity work.
Her last recording "The Golden Years of Gracie Fields" was made in 1975 at age 77.
Created a Dame in early 1979, a few months before she died.
A symbol of courage and hope, and a huge, sentimental favorite during Depression-riddled England, her popularity ended abruptly when she moved to the United States during the war years, never quite winning her public back even when she returned. She maintained with cabaret performances and musical tours.
She was born over a chip shop.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6125 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Bing Crosby's last concert was in Brighton, England on October 12, 1977, two days before his death. Gracie was in attendance and Crosby's very last photograph was taken with her.
Gracie's Little Brother, Tommy Fields was a pantomime star.
She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1938 King's New Year Honours List for her services to entertainment.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Deanna Durbin] I was always mad about Deanna. I admired her work enormously. Then she disappeared suddenly. Whatever became of her?

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