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Ivy Benson (1913–1993)

Ivy Benson was born on November 11, 1913 in Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. She was married to Brantley Callaway and Caryll Stafford. She died on May 6, 1993 in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England. See full bio »

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Known For

The Dummy Talks
The Dummy Talks Herself, Orchestra Leader
The Music Box
The Music Box Herself - and Her Girls' Band / Herself - and Her Orchestra
Variety Parade
Variety Parade Herself - and her All-Girls Band


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 1974-1984 Looks Familiar (TV Series)
Herself - Guest
- Episode #13.6 (1984) ... Herself - Guest
- Episode #4.9 (1974) ... Herself - Guest
 1976 This Is Your Life (TV Series documentary)
- Ivy Benson (1976) ... Herself
 1957 The Music Box (TV Series)
Herself - and Her Orchestra / Herself - and Her Girls' Band
- Episode #1.4 (1957) ... Herself - and Her Orchestra
- Episode #1.2 (1957) ... Herself - and Her Girls' Band
 1954 Variety Parade (TV Series)
Herself - and her All-Girls Band
- Episode #1.4 (1954) ... Herself - and her All-Girls Band
 1943 The Dummy Talks
Herself, Orchestra Leader (as Ivy Benson's All Ladies Orchestra)
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 2014 Len Goodman's Big Band Bonanza (TV Movie documentary)
Herself (Speaking in 1987)

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Ivy Benson's All Ladies Orchestra

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Pianist, organist, saxophonist, clarinettist and leader (from 1940) of Ivy Benson & Her Rhythm Girl Band, which remained popular in England for more than four decades. In the course of its history, the band had more than 250 members due to heavy turnover. Ivy was a child prodigy, proficient on piano from the age of five and performed on the BBC radio "Children's Hour" by the time she was nine.

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