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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 .


Jaunty, spring-heeled, irrepressible star of post-World War I revue, the top British star of her type in the twenties, with much of her material written especially for her by Noel Coward. She never came to terms with the cinema any more than it came to terms with her, although Julie Andrews told her story in Star! Suffered much from ill-health in later years. Died from cancer of the liver.

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Lawrence was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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

Portrayed by Julie Andrews in the 1968 biopic, Star! (1968).

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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