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Binnie Hale

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Biography

b. Beatrice Mary Hale-Monro, 22 May 1899, Liverpool, England, d. 10 January 1984, London, England. Probably the brightest and most successful star of the London musical comedy and revue stage during the 20s and 30s, this versatile and vivacious blonde actress, singer, dancer, and exceptionally gifted mimic, made her stage debut in the musical comedy Follow The Crowd at the old Empire Theatre in 1916. Later that year she appeared in the revue We’re All In It at the same theatre, and then joined the chorus of Houp-La!, which opened C.B. Cochran’s brand new St. Martin’s Theatre. After being seen in a number of run-of-the-mill revues and musical comedies, including 150 Pound, The Kiss Call, Just Fancy, Jumble Sale, My Nieces, Katinka, Puppets, and The Odd Spot (1924), in the late 20s and 30s she excelled in No, No, Nanette (‘I Want To Be Happy’, ‘Tea For Two’, ‘I’ve Confessed To The Breeze’, ‘Take A Little One-Step’), Sunny (‘Who’, with Jack Buchanan) Mr. Cinders (‘Spread A Little Happiness, ‘I’m A One-Man Girl’, ‘Ev’ry Little Moment’ - the first of three shows with Bobby Howes), Nippy, Bow Bells, with her father, actor Robert Hale (‘You’re Blasé’, ‘Mona Lisa’), The Dubarry (as Jeanne in the UK tour), Give Me A Ring, Yes, Madame? (‘Dreaming A Dream’), Rise And Shine, Cochran’s Coronation revue Home And Beauty (‘A Nice Cup Of Tea’), and Magyar Melody (1939). In the 40s, and for most of the 50s, she mixed appearances in pantomime (in her day, she was a superb principal boy) and variety theatres with more revues and musicals such as Up And Doing, Flying Colours, One, Two, Three! (with her younger brother Sonnie Hale), Four, Five, Six!, Out Of This World, and The Punch Revue (1955). She also joined her brother in the radio series All Hale. Her last West End role is said to have been as the Duchess and Queen of Hearts in Alice In Wonderland at the Winter Garden Theatre in 1959.

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