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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 .

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Lawrence was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Was considered for the role of Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950) after Claudette Colbert was forced to pull out of the project due to back injury. However the part was given to Bette Davis, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance.

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.

Frequently appeared on stage opposite childhood friend, Sir Noel Coward.

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