Jessie Matthews

Genres: Comedy Musicals & The Arts Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

11 March 1907, London, England, d. 19 August 1981, Pinner, Middlesex, England. A member of a large and poor family, Matthews became a professional dancer at the age of 10. After a few years in the chorus of several shows in London’s West End, she achieved recognition with a series of ingénue roles and some bit parts in films. After appearing in stage production such as André Charlot’ s Revue Of 1926, Earl Carroll’s Vanities Of 1926, Jordan, This Year Of Grace, Wake Up And Dream (London and New York), Hold My Hand, and Sally Who?, by the early 30s she had become one of London’s most popular stars. At the height of her career, in such shows as the 1930 London production of Ever Green, with a score by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Matthews was the epitome of the English musical comedy star: Her delicate build and translucent beauty fully matched songs such as that show’s ethereal ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’.

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