Create a free family tree for yourself or for Gracie Fields and we’ll search for valuable new information for you. She and Molly are taken away together by Constable Riggs and transported to the Moore River Native Settlement in order to be educated away from their families. Fields came to major public notice in Mr Tower of London, a show staged in London's West End. Molly and Me (1945) Monty Banks died on 8 January 1950[12] of a heart attack, while travelling on the Orient Express. comment to show the world that Gracie is remembered. Share some highlights of Gracie's personal life & organizations in which they participated. 1944. Pitt began to manage her career and they began a relationship; they married in 1923 at Clapham Register Office. She went on to make a number of films, initially in Britain and later in the United States (when she was paid a record fee of £200,000 for four films). Gracie Fields Forties Family Fun Day. Fields was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1938. Herself / Norma Desmond / Herself - Comedian / ... Chasing Rainbows - A Nation and Its Music, What a Performance! She donated her house in The Bishops Avenue, north London – which she had not much cared for, and shared with her husband Pitt and his mistress – to an orphanage after the marriage broke down. 50 years! This is the culmination of six years of research and writing by our own Seb Lassandro. [1][2] She spent the later part of her life on the isle of Capri, Italy. She also starred in television productions of A Tale of Two Cities, The Old Lady Shows Her Medals – for which she won a TV Award – and Mrs 'Arris Goes to Paris, which was remade years later with Angela Lansbury as Mrs Harris, a charwoman in search of a fur coat (or a Christian Dior gown in Lansbury's case). [10] In late 1945, she toured the South Pacific Islands. Her professional debut in variety took place at the Rochdale Hippodrome theatre in 1910, and she soon gave up her job in the local cotton mill, where she was a half-timer, spending half a week in the mill and the other half at school. [16] The sheet music for the song was the UK's best-seller for seven weeks. Wife of Monty Banks She performed many times for Allied troops, travelling as far as New Guinea, where she received an enthusiastic response from Australian personnel. Dame Gracie Fields, DBE (born Grace Stansfield, 9 January 1898 – 27 September 1979), was an English-born, later Italian-based actress, singer and … Get started Geni World Family Tree. Actress, singer, entertainer, motion pictures, music halls, radio, television, troop entertainment, charity fundraisers. In 1936, Gracie was 38 years old when on November 2nd, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) debuted the world's first regular high-definition television service. I admired her work enormously. heard about her. Her two sisters, Edith and Betty, and brother, Tommy, all went on to appear on stage, but Gracie was the most successful. Angela Lansbury also played the role but only once so I didn't put her up. The movie was based on the book The Clansman and told the story of two families (one pro-Union and one pro-Confederate) and their relationship during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Fields decided to stay "where I knew I belonged."[7]. Paris Underground (1945) aka Madame Pimpernel, Refresh this page to see various historical events that occurred during Gracie's lifetime. This followed on from her popularity on Stars on Sunday, a religious programme on Britain's ITV, in which well-known performers sang hymns or read extracts from the Bible. Geni requires JavaScript! Following her divorce from Archie Pitt, she married Italian-born film director Monty Banks in March 1940. In 1898, in the year that Gracie Fields was born, on March 24th, Robert Allison of Pennsylvania became the first person to buy an American-built car.