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Evelyn Laye
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Elsie Evelyn Lay

(1900-07-10)10 July 1900
Bloomsbury, London, England
Died 17 February 1996(1996-02-17) (aged 95)
London, England
  • Actress
  • singer
  • light entertainer
Years active 1915–1988
Spouse(s) Frank Lawton (m. 1934–1969; his death)
Sonnie Hale (m. 1926–1930; divorced)

Evelyn Laye, CBE (10 July 1900 – 17 February 1996) was an English actress. Her best known roles were in the 1920s, such as in Phi-Phi (1922), Madame Pompadour (1923), The Dollar Princess, Blue Eyes (1928) and Lilac Time.

Her first husband, actor Sonnie Hale, left her for Jessie Matthews, earning much public sympathy for Laye. Her second husband was actor Frank Lawton.

Laye died in a nursing home in Pimlico, Central London from respiratory failure, aged 95.

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