Knowledge Identifier: +Cicely_Courtneidge
The family returned to England in 1894
In 1916 she married the actor and dancer Jack Hulbert, with whom she formed a professional as well as a private partnership that lasted until his death 62 years later
Their first revue was "Ring Up", by Eric Blore and Ivy St. Helier, at the Royalty Theatre in 1921; they received good notices, but the material was weak, and the show was not a great success
A boom in the film industry enabled both to earn large sums; Courtneidge appeared in 11 British films and one Hollywood film in the 1930s
Jack Hulbert - He made his film debut in "Elstree Calling" ; appearing opposite his wife and frequent stage and screen co-star Cicely Courtneidge whom he had married in 1916
Both made solo recordings, and Courtneidge recorded songs and sketches with other artists, including Leo Sheffield, and Ivor McLaren and Lawrence Green, with whom she recorded "Double Damask" in 1932
Courtneidge did not return to the theatre until October 1937, playing the dual roles of Mabel and her daughter Sally in the musical "Hide and Seek", co-starring with Bobby Howes, produced by Hulbert
In 1950, Courtneidge was cast in one of her greatest successes, Ivor Novello's musical "Gay's the Word"
In the early 1960s, Courtneidge appeared in a succession of plays in London and the provinces, including "The Bride Comes Back", and in pantomime and a re-creation of old music hall
In 1964, Courtneidge accepted the role of Madame Arcati in the London production of "High Spirits", a musical adaptation of Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit"
In 1969, Courtneidge turned to television, playing a working-class role as "Mum" in the first series of the LWT comedy "On the Buses", opposite Reg Varney
Courtneidge's theatre work in the 1970s included tours of Agatha Christie's "The Hollow" and Peter Coke's "Breath of Spring", both with Hulbert