Knowledge Identifier: +Gracie_Fields
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1898.
Countries: United Kingdom (58%), United States (23%), Sweden (4%)
Linked to: Allies of World War II, BBC, Entertainments National Service Association
Her professional debut in variety took place at the Rochdale Hippodrome theatre in 1910 and she soon gave up her job in the local cotton mill, where she was a half-timer, spending half a week in the mill and the other half at school
Their first revue in 1915 was called "Yes I Think So" and the two continued to tour Britain together until 1924 in the revue "Mr Tower of London", with other reviews including "By Request", "It's A Bargain" and "The Show's The Thing"
One of her most successful productions was at the Alhambra Theatre, London, in 1925
Fields helped Rochdale F.C. in the 1930s when they were struggling to pay fees and buy sports equipment
Doris Hare - In 1930, the actress toured in "The Show's the Thing", taking the part made famous by Gracie Fields
In 1933 she set up the Gracie Fields Children's Home and Orphanage at Peacehaven in Sussex for children of those in the theatre profession who could not look after their children
Monty Banks - He met singer and actress Gracie Fields in 1935 and they married in March 1940
Following her divorce from Archie Pitt, she married Italian-born film director Monty Banks in March 1940
Ingolf Dahl - He worked in the entertainment industry, touring as pianist to Edgar Bergen and his puppets in 1941 and later for comedian Gracie Fields in 1942 and 1956
Holy Matrimony (1943 film) - On February 2, 1943, Fox announced the Gracie Fields would co-star in the picture and that the title was being changed from its working title of "Buried Alive" to the more audience-friendly "Holy Matrimony"
She began performing in Britain again in 1948 headlining the London Palladium over Eartha Kitt who was on the bill
In 1956, Fields played Miss Marple in a US TV production of Agatha Christie's "A Murder is Announced"
In 1978, she opened the Gracie Fields Theatre, located next to Oulder Hill Community School, in her native Rochdale, performing a concert there recorded by the BBC to open the show