Gertrude Lawrence

English actress, singer, dancer and musical comedy performer

Gertrude Lawrence (4 July 1898 – 6 September 1952) was an English actress, singer, dancer and musical theater performer. She appeared on stage in Broadway, New York City and West End, London.

Gertrude Lawrence
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Lawrence in 1947
Gertrude Alice Dagmar Klasen

(1898-07-04)4 July 1898
London, England
Died6 September 1952(1952-09-06) (aged 54)
New York City, United States
Years active1916–1951
Spouse(s)Francis Gordon-Howley
(m.1917–1927; divorced)
Richard Aldrich
(m.1940–1952; her death)

Lawrence was in the children's play Where the Rainbow Ends. She also acted in The King and I. She won a Tony Award for that performance. In 1928–29 she starred in the stage play Treasure Girl.[1]

Her best-known American movie role was in The Glass Menagerie. She played Amanda Wingfield, who had a southern American accent.

On 16 August 1952, Lawrence fainted backstage. The doctors said she was suffering from hepatitis.

Lawrence was born in London, England. She died from abdominal and liver cancer in New York City at age 54.[2]


  1. "Treasure Girl". IBDB. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  2. "Gertrude Lawrence". All Music. Retrieved May 14, 2016.