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Legendary actress, Gertrude Lawrence, was born Gertrude Alexandria Dagmar Lawrence-Klasen on Jul 4, 1898 in London, England. Lawrence died at the age of 54 on Sep 6, 1952 in New York City, NY .



Lawrence was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Is buried in the pink satin hooped ball gown that she sang "Shall We Dance?" in from the Broadway production of "The King and I".

Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 347-348. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Her last role was as Anna Leonowens in the original Broadway stage production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "The King and I". She discovered she had cancer during the early part of the stage run, and died the year after the show opened. One of her last requests was that Yul Brynner, her leading man in the show, be upgraded in the posters and playbills from below to above-the title billing, sharing star billing with whomever would play Anna in other performances.

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