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Avril Florence Angers (18 April 1918 – 9 November 2005) was an English stand up comedienne and actress.

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Biography

Angers was born in Liverpool. She danced with the Tiller Girls before joining ENSA during the Second World War, becoming a Forces' sweetheart.

She never married or had children. Angers lived in Covent Garden, London. She died in London from pneumonia, aged 87.

Career

Angers made her West End theatre debut at the Palace Theatre in a 1944 revue titled Keep Going.[1]

Angers was one of the first stand up comediennes, and was equally capable of playing a straight man role as a foil to established (male) comics including Frankie Howerd and Arthur Askey. As her career developed, her accomplished facility for a very wide variety of acting roles became evident.

After five years' service with ENSA, Angers moved back into civilian life and took on many and various roles in television (including Dad's Army, All Creatures Great and Small, Are You Being Served?, and Coronation Street), as well as in film and theatre.

Factoids

  • In 1988, Morrissey expressed his admiration for Angers in an interview with Simon Reynolds, who admitted to never having heard of her.

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References

  1. ^ Ian Herbert, ed (1981). "ANGERS, Avril". Who's Who in the Theatre. 1. Gale Research Company. p. 19. ISSN 0083-9833.  
  2. ^ Goddard, Simon. The Smiths: Songs That Saved Your Life, p. 340. Reynolds & Hearn 2006. ISBN 1-905287-14-3
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