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Florence Desmond
Born Florence Dawson
31 May 1905(1905-05-31)
London, England, UK
Died 16 January 1993 (aged 87)
Guildford, Surrey, England
Spouse(s) Tom Campbell Black (1935-1936)
Charles Hughesdon (1937-1993)

Florence Desmond (31 May 1905 - 16 January 1993) was the stage name of Florence Dawson, an English actress, comedienne and impersonator.

She was born Florence Dawson in London in 1905 and educated at the Dame Alice Owen's School, Islington. Her brother Fred Desmond was a comedy acrobat from the "Desmond and Marks" double act.

Upon leaving school in 1920, she embarked on a long and successful career in the theatre, especially as an impersonator of famous stars. She appeared extensively in radio, theatre and occasionally in the cinema. She died in Guildford, Surrey in 1993 aged 87.

She was married twice, first to the aviator Tom Campbell Black from 1935-1936, then to aviator and insurance broker Charles Hughesdon from 1937[1] who she lived with at Dunsborough Park House in Ripley, Surrey.[2]

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Stage

  • "Still Dancing", 1925-1926
  • "This Year of Grace", 1928
  • "Why Not To-night?", 1933-1934
  • "Funny Side Up", 1939-1940
  • "Apple Sauce", 1940-1941
  • "If the Shoe Fits", 1946

Filmography

References

  1. ^ "Charles Hughesdon, Esq, AFC, FRAeS". Debrett's. http://www.debretts.com/people/biographies/browse/h/578/Charles%20Frederick%20HUGHESDON.aspx. Retrieved 3 January 2010.  
  2. ^ Franks, Adrian. "A potted history". Dunsborough Park. http://www.dunsboroughpark.com/2001/pottedhistory.html. Retrieved 3 January 2010.  

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