Quick facts for kids
Lawrence in 1947
Gertrude Alice Dagmar Klasen
4 July 1898
||6 September 1952
(m.1940–1952; her death)
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.
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.
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.
Images for kids
Gertrude Lawrence in 1917
With Noël Coward in London Calling!
Gertrude Lawrence and Noël Coward in Private Lives, a hit in the UK and the US.
Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence in the stage musical The King and I
Gertrude Lawrence holds her Tony Award while standing between Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers at Tony ceremony in Waldorf Astoria Hotel on 30 March 1952
exterior of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in midtown Manhattan during Gertrude Lawrence’s funeral on Tuesday, 9 September 1952