She seduced Yul Brynner, the Prince of Wales and even Noel Coward. As her rumbustious life is turned into a West End show, the outrageous truth about Gertrude Lawrence.
Julie Andrews behind the scenes, Star!
- It’s kind of fun to look behind us, Julie, at all these beautiful images of you. When you look back at those pictures what kind of feelings do you have? ~
Julie Andrews | the making of Star! 1968.
"I think it put me off rhinestones forever."
You who know me better than anyone, Ellen, will understand my grief, because in a strange way, it’s all mixed up with you. Not your fault, darling.
Gertrude Lawrence and Walter Crisham in Nymph Errant at the Adelphi Theatre, 1933
"We first worked together as child actors in the Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool; since then, whether we have been acting together or not, we have been integrally part of each other’s lives … I wish so very deeply that I could have seen her just once more, acting in a play of mine, for no one I have ever known, however brilliant and however gifted, has contributed quite what she contributed to my work. Her quality was, to me, unique and her magic imperishable."
— Noël Coward, following the death of Gertrude Lawrence on September 6th, 1952
I know it has the big Ebay watermark, but let me just say, that this is the FIRST time I have ever seen any picture from this photoshoot outside of Gertrude Lawrence’s scrapbook at the Performing Arts library in Lincoln Center, NYC. It was a shoot for Lady in the Dark. She is wearing the blue ostrich feathered stunner by Hattie Carnegie and is on a swing similar to the one used in the Circus Dream.
who looks at an infant and thinks “lets name her gertrude”
Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim the English Channel, at 20. Her time was 14 hours, 39 minutes, beating the previous best time of 16 hours, 33 minutes. The year before that she swam from Battery Park to Sandy Hook, NJ (17.5 miles) in 7 hours, 11 minutes and 30 seconds. The Ederle Swim is one of NYC Swim’s most challenging races and is named in honor of this badass.
Would you like to know this fabulous Gertrude? Long before the theatre had it’s Idina Menzel, Bernadette Peters etc there was the fabulous Gertrude Lawrence (July 1st, 1898-Sept 6th. 1952). Born in England to a poor family she climbed the ranks and achieved international stardom for her vaudeville revue and musical comedy performances on Broadway and beyond. Also notorious for her flippant spending habits and her numerous affairs, among those included the Prince of Wales, a knight, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Yul Brenner and Daphne DuMaurier. It was said of her that her stardom had reached so far and wide, that should she land in a far remote corner of Africa “The first pygmy would ask for her autograph”.
Tell me what isn’t cool about being Gertrude.