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Actress

Gertrude Lawrence, British actress. member Red Cross Staff Assistance Service. Colonel United States Auxiliary Ambulance Corps.

Background

Lawrence, Gertrude was born on July 4, 1902 in London, England. Daughter of Arthur Lawrence and Alice Louise (Banks) Klasen.

Education

Doctor Fine Arts (honorary), Ithaca (New York) College, 1948. Student Convent of the Sacre Coeur, Streatham, England. Studied dancing under Madam Espinosa and acting under Italia Conti.

Career

Made debut in “Babes in the Wood,” London, 1908. Child chorister in “The Miracle,” London, 1911. Appeared in many plays in England until 1923.

Made American debut in “Chariot’s Revue of 1924”. Played in “Oh, Kay,” New York City, 1926, London, 1927. “Icebound,” London, 1928.

“Treasure Girl,” New York City, 1928. “Candle Light,” London and New York City, 1929. “Private Lives,” London, 1930, New York City, 1931.

“Take Two from One” and “Can the Leopard?,” London, 1931. “Behold We Live,” London, 1932. “This Inconstancy,” and “Nymph Errant,” London, 1933.

“The Winding Journey,” and “Moonlight Is Silver,” London, 1934. “Hervey House,” London, 1935. With Noel Coward in “Tonight at 8:30,” London and New York City, 1936.

Starred in “Susan and God,” 1937-1938. “Skylark,” 1939-1940. “Lady in the Dark,” 1941, 42, 43.

Tonight at 8:30 (revival), New York and on tour, 1947-1948. September Tide, 1948-1949. The King and I, 1951.

Motion picture The Glass Menagerie, 1950. Proffessor of drama Columbia University, 1952. Entertained armed forces, European theater, for E.N.S.A., 1944.

Entertained armed forces Pacific for United Service Organizations, 1945. “Pygmalion,” 1945-1946-47. First vice president American Theatre Wing War Service, Inc.

President American Branch E.N.S.A. Director British Actors Orphanage. Member Red Cross Staff Assistance Service.

Colonel United States Auxiliary Ambulance Corps.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: A Star Danced, 1945.

Membership

Member Red Cross Staff Assistance Service. Colonel United States Auxiliary Ambulance Corps. Clubs: Tavern, Cosmopolitan, Press.

Connections

Married second, Richard Stoddard Aldrich (commander United States Naval Reserve), July 4, 1940.

father:
Arthur Lawrence Klasen

mother:
Alice Louise (Banks) Klasen

spouse:
Richard Stoddard Aldrich