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Gertrude Lawrence
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    (June 4, 1898-September 6, 1952)
    Stage and Screen Star
    Appeared on the London stage in 'Private Lives,' 'Nymph Errant,' 'Tonight At 8:30' and 'London Calling'
    Starred on Broadway in 'The King And I'
    Acted in 'The Glass Menagerie,' 'Men Are Not Gods,' 'Aren't We All' and 'Battle Of Paris'
    She smoked.
    She spent more money than she earned and Noel Coward had to help her clear her debts.
    The film about her life, 'Star' with Julie Andrews, flopped.
    She was London's greatest star during the 1930s.
    She was the original Anna in 'The King and I.'
    Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the part just for her.
    She died of cancer at 52, during the run of 'King And I.'
    Noel Coward wrote roles to highlight her comedic talent.
    On her death bed, she insisted 'King And I' co-star Yul Brynner's name be elevated to above the title status...thus making him a star.

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