Stanley Holloway
English actor
Stanley Holloway
Stanley Augustus Holloway, OBE was an English stage and film actor, comedian, singer, poet and monologist. He was famous for his comic and character roles on stage and screen, especially that of Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady. He was also renowned for his comic monologues and songs, which he performed and recorded throughout most of his 70-year career. Born in London, Holloway pursued a career as a clerk in his teen years.
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'My Fair Lady' Blu-ray Detailed - High-Def Digest
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The musical starring Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison and Stanley Holloway was nominated for twelve Academy Awards and won eight including Best Actor (Harrison), Best Art/Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Music, Best Sound,
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My Fair Lady - Chicago Reader
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... Hepburn (though her singing voice is dubbed) is an enchanting presence and a clever actress. The ending has been criticized, but I find Cukor's stroke of anticlimax impeccable. With Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, and Gladys Cooper. 170 min
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Westchester Broadway Theatre Presents My Fair Lady 9/22-11/27, 12/28-1/29 - Broadway World
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The 1964 film which won several Oscars, including Best Picture, starred Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway and Audrey Hepburn. The WBT production, stars Jennifer Babiak as Eliza Doolittle, Tom Galantich as Henry Higgins, and William McCauley as Colonel
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Lavender Hill Mob screening - Antrim Times
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All goes according to plan with the assistance of Stanley Holloway, Sydney james and Alfie Bass until the Towers reach France and go on sale instead of storage. Mayhem ensues as they chase the bullion back to the Channel in an attempt to retrieve the
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Titans hope for sweeping improvement on 'D' - McDowell News
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(Back row) Stanley Holloway, Noah Dunham, Ezekiel Edwards, Alex Mayes, Tyler Radford, Devin Carr, Sammy Santes, Michael Rich and Rhys Byrd. While it isn't possible yet to predict how much better the McDowell Titans will be on defense in 2011 than they
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Swan's slippery surplus slope - Business Spectator
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... considerably more benign than that of most other Western countries (in part because of that fiscal response), returning the budget to surplus has been the 'right and proper thing to do' (as Stanley Holloway's Alfred P Doolittle might have put it)
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My Fair Lady and Little Big Man Heading to Blu-ray - Blu-ray.com
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In an early announcement to retailers, Paramount Pictures has revealed that it will release on Blu-ray George Cukor's My Fair Lady (1964), starring Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, and Stanley Holloway, and Arthur Penn's Little Big Man (1970),
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Let's get animated: 'Rango,' 'Rio' - VillageSoup Belfast (blog)
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Well, the co-star is Stanley Holloway (born in 1890 and famous for “My Fair Lady” on stage). There actually are two Mrs. Browns and two daughters in this film. One Mrs. Brown in the Greyhound dog that Tony Tulley (Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits) wants
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Simon Callow in Tuesday at Tescos, Assembly Hall - review - Evening Standard
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Neither the voice he assumes for Pauline - Hyacinth Bucket on Red Bull - nor his father - Stanley Holloway with the grumps - sound even vaguely natural. Director Simon Stokes adds the distraction of a pianist tinkling idly and unfathomably away
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Showers do nothing to spoil group's garden party - Lutterworth Today
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“The entertainment was provided by the Monologue Man, also known as John Tearne, who managed to recall days gone by with popular renditions from Stanley Holloway, Joyce Greenfell and Tom Lehrer – ending with Piddling Pete
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The gentle, trusting Britain that lives for ever in an Ealing comedy - Telegraph.co.uk
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Sid James and Alfie Bass, the professional villains recruited as accomplices, are quite happy to let Guinness and Stanley Holloway take the stolen gold for sale in France, waiting behind in London for their own share of the proceeds (one of Bass's
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The Lavender Hill Mob — review - The Guardian
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Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway in the Lavender Hill Mob. Photograph: Cine Text/Sportsphoto Ltd. / Allstar First seen in the summer of 1951, year of the Festival of Britain, this heist spoof is one of the most glorious gems in the Ealing crown, ... -
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This week's new films - The Guardian
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(Charles Crichton, 1951, UK) Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sid James. 81 mins Restored version of the Ealing perennial, elegantly laying out a very British heist by genteel Guinness and his criminal associates. Anjelica Huston, Richard E Grant and
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The Lavender Hill Mob Review - The Film Pilgrim
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He is ably supported by Stanley Holloway as his bumbling partner in crime and together they make a fine comic double act. In fact, the two actors supporting them, Sid James and Alfie Bass are almost reduced to playing the straight men, despite their
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Rihanna Shaken In Happy Slapping Incident At Sandwich British Open Golf ... - The Spoof (satire)
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Detective Inspector Stanley Holloway, of the police said that they would be investigating the happy slapping incident as soon as they've finished their tea. At this point, it hasn't been ascertained whether there may be a connection between the happy
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Cream of the cockney crop - The Guardian (blog)
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Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway in The Lavender Hill Mob. Photograph: Cine Text/Allstar/Sportsphoto Ltd Like the perfect eccentric elderly relative you always wanted as a child (rather than your actual nan), it's always a pleasure to welcome back
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Cornish Floral Dance: a fuzzy custom - The Guardian
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Further versions appeared from Stanley Holloway, Julie Andrews and folk band the Yetties. The tune took on a new lease of life, though, from the mid-70s, when it became a brass band standard. In 1975 West Yorkshire's venerable Brighouse and Rastrick
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Stanley Holloway
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 91
    Holloway died of a stroke at the Nightingale Nursing Home in Littlehampton, West Sussex, on 30 January 1982, aged 91.
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    Holloway's second marriage lasted over 40 years until his death in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details Although he was a client of the Aza Agency in London, Violet effectively managed Holloway's career, and no project was taken on without her approval. In his autobiography, Holloway said of her, "I suppose I am committing lawful bigamy. Not only is she my wife, lover, mother, cook, chauffeuse, private secretary, house keeper, hostess, electrician, business manager, critic, handy woman, she is also my best friend." Together, they had one son, Julian, who also became an actor and is best known for appearing in the Carry On films. Julian had a brief relationship with Patricia Neal's daughter Tessa Dahl which produced a daughter, the model and author Sophie Dahl. Holloway, Violet and Julian lived mainly in the tiny village of Penn, Buckinghamshire. Holloway also owned other properties including a flat in St. John's Wood in North West London, which he used when working in the capital, and a flat in Manhattan during the My Fair Lady Broadway years. The final years of his life were spent in Angmering, West Sussex, with Violet. Holloway forged close friendships with fellow performers including Leslie Henson, Gracie Fields, Maurice Chevalier, Laurence Olivier and Arthur Askey, who said of him, "He was the nicest man I ever knew. He never had a wrong word to say about anyone. He was a great actor, a super mimic and a one-man walking comic show."
  • 1980
    Age 89
    He made his last appearance performing at the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium in 1980, aged 89.
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  • 1977
    Age 86
    Holloway continued to perform until well into his eighties, touring Asia and Australia in 1977 together with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and David Langton in The Pleasure of His Company, by Samuel A. Taylor and Cornelia Otis Skinner.
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  • 1973
    Age 82
    He returned to Shaw and Canada, playing the central character Walter/William in You Never Can Tell in 1973.
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  • 1972
    Age 81
    He made what he considered his West End debut as a straight actor in Siege by David Ambrose at the Cambridge Theatre in 1972, co-starring with Alastair Sim and Michael Bryant.
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  • 1970
    Age 79
    In 1970, Holloway began an association with the Shaw Festival in Canada, playing Burgess in Candida.
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  • 1967
    Age 76
    Holloway appeared for the first time in a major British television series in the BBC's 1967 adaptation of P. G. Wodehouse's Blandings Castle stories, playing Beach, the butler, to Ralph Richardson's Lord Emsworth.
    More Details Hide Details His portrayal of Beach was received with critical reservation, but the series was a popular success. After My Fair Lady, Holloway was able to get film roles in Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter (1968), which starred the 1960s British pop group Herman's Hermits, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, Flight of the Doves and Up the Front, all in the early 1970s. His final film was Journey into Fear (1974).
  • 1965
    Age 74
    He also appeared in the 1965 war film In Harm's Way, together with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas.
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  • 1964
    Age 73
    In 1964 he again appeared on stage in Philadelphia in Cool Off!, a short-lived Faustian spoof.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to the US a few more times after that to take part in The Dean Martin Show three times and The Red Skelton Show twice.
  • 1962
    Age 71
    In 1962 Holloway played the role of an English butler called Higgins in a US television sitcom called Our Man Higgins.
    More Details Hide Details It ran for only a season. His son Julian also appeared in the series.
    In 1962, Holloway took part in a studio recording of Oliver! with Alma Cogan and Violet Carson, in which he played Fagin.
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  • 1960
    Age 69
    Holloway was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1960 New Year's Honours list for his services to entertainment.
    More Details Hide Details In 1978 he was honoured with a special award by the Variety Club of Great Britain. There is a memorial plaque dedicated to Holloway in St. Paul's, Covent Garden, London, which is known as "the actors' church". The plaque is next to a memorial to Gracie Fields. In 2009 English Heritage unveiled a Blue plaque at 25 Albany Road, Manor Park, Essex, the house in which he was born in 1890. There is a building named after him at 2 Coolfin Road, Newham, London, called Stanley Holloway Court. Holloway entitled his 1967 autobiography Wiv a Little Bit of Luck after the song he performed in My Fair Lady. The book was ghost-written by the writer and director Dick Richards and was published in 1967. Holloway oversaw the publication of three volumes of the monologues by or associated with him: Monologues (1979); The Stanley Holloway Monologues (1980); and More Monologues (1981).
  • 1959
    Age 68
    His notable films around this time included Alive and Kicking in 1959, co-starring Sybil Thorndike and Kathleen Harrison, and No Love for Johnnie in 1961 opposite Peter Finch.
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  • 1956
    Age 65
    Holloway had a long association with the show, appearing in the original 1956 Broadway production at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, the 1958 London version at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and the film version in 1964, which he undertook instead of the role of Admiral Bloom in Mary Poppins that he had been offered the same year.
    More Details Hide Details In The Manchester Guardian, Alistair Cooke wrote, "Stanley Holloway distils into the body of Doolittle the taste and smell of every pub in England." Also in 1964, he appeared as Bellomy in the Hallmark Hall of Fame television production of The Fantasticks. Looking back in 2004, Holloway's biographer Eric Midwinter wrote, "With his cockney authenticity, his splendid baritone voice, and his wealth of comedy experience, he made a great success of this role, and, as he said, it put him 'bang on top of the heap, in demand' again at a time when, in his mid-sixties, his career was beginning to wane". His performances earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Following his success on Broadway, Holloway played Pooh-Bah in a 1960 US television Bell Telephone Hour production of The Mikado, produced by the veteran Gilbert and Sullivan performer Martyn Green. Holloway appeared with Groucho Marx and Helen Traubel of the Metropolitan Opera.
    In 1956 Holloway created the role of Alfred P. Doolittle in the original Broadway production of My Fair Lady.
    More Details Hide Details The librettist, Alan Jay Lerner, remembered in his memoirs that Holloway was his first choice for the role, even before it was written. Lerner's only concern was whether, after so long away from the musical stage, Holloway still had his resonant singing voice. Holloway reassured him over a lunch at Claridge's: Lerner recalled, "He put down his knife and fork, threw back his head and unleashed a strong baritone note that resounded through the dining room, drowned out the string quartet and sent a few dozen people off to the osteopath to have their necks untwisted."
    Holloway's film career continued simultaneously with his stage work; one example was the 1956 comedy Jumping for Joy.
    More Details Hide Details American audiences became familiar with his earlier film roles when the films began to be broadcast on television in the 1950s.
  • 1954
    Age 63
    In 1954 Holloway joined the Old Vic theatre company to play Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, with Robert Helpmann as Oberon and Moira Shearer as Titania.
    More Details Hide Details After playing at the Edinburgh Festival, the Royal Shakespeare Company took the production to New York, where it played at the Metropolitan Opera House and then on tour of the US and Canada. The production was harshly reviewed by critics on both sides of the Atlantic, but Holloway made a strong impression. Holloway said of the experience: "Out of the blue I was asked by the Royal Shakespeare Company to tour America with them, playing Bottom.... From that American tour came the part of Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady and from then on, well, just let's say I was able to pick and choose my parts and that was very pleasant at my age."
  • FIFTIES
  • 1948
    Age 57
    In 1948 Holloway toured for six months in Australia around Melbourne and in New Zealand supported by the band leader Billy Mayerl.
    More Details Hide Details He made his Australian début at The Tivoli Theatre, Melbourne, and recorded television appearances to publicise the forthcoming release of Passport to Pimlico. Holloway wrote the monologue Albert Down Under especially for the tour.
  • 1944
    Age 53
    Holloway also starred in a series of films for Ealing Studios, beginning with Champagne Charlie in 1944 alongside Tommy Trinder.
    More Details Hide Details After that he made Nicholas Nickleby (1947) and Another Shore (1948). He next appeared in three of the most famous Ealing Comedies, Passport to Pimlico (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) and The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953). His final film with the studio was Meet Mr. Lucifer (1953).
  • 1941
    Age 50
    In 1941 Holloway took a character part in Gabriel Pascal's film of Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, in which he played a policeman.
    More Details Hide Details He had leading parts in later films, including The Way Ahead (1944), This Happy Breed (1944) and The Way to the Stars (1945). After the war, he played Albert Godby in Brief Encounter and had a cameo role as the First Gravedigger in Laurence Olivier's 1948 film of Hamlet. In 1951 Holloway played the same role on the stage to the Hamlet of Alec Guinness. For Pathé News, he delivered the commentary for documentaries in a series called Time To Remember, where he narrated over old newsreels from significant dates in history from 1915 to 1942.
  • FORTIES
  • 1940
    Age 49
    On stage during the war years, Holloway appeared in revues, first Up and Doing, with Henson, Binnie Hale and Cyril Ritchard in 1940 and 1941, and then Fine and Dandy, with Henson, Dorothy Dickson, Douglas Byng and Graham Payn.
    More Details Hide Details In both shows, Holloway presented new monologues, and The Times thought a highlight of Fine and Dandy was a parody of the BBC radio programme The Brains Trust, with Holloway "ponderously anecdotal" and Henson "gigglingly omniscient".
  • 1939
    Age 48
    On 2 January 1939, Holloway married a 25-year-old actress and former chorus dancer named Violet Marion Lane (1913–1997) and they moved to Marylebone.
    More Details Hide Details Violet was born into a working-class family from Leeds. Her mother was Scottish, and her civil engineer father, Alfred Lane, was a Yorkshireman.
    On the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 Holloway was 49, too old for active service.
    More Details Hide Details Instead, he made his contribution in short propaganda pieces for the British Film Institute and Pathé News. He narrated documentaries aimed at lifting morale in war-torn Britain, including Albert's Savings (1940), written by Marriott Edgar and featuring the character Albert Ramsbottom, and Worker and Warfront No.8 (1943), with a script written by E. C. Bentley about a worker who neglects to have an injury examined and contracts blood poisoning. Both films were included on a 2007 Imperial War Museum DVD Britain's Home Front at War: Words for Battle.
  • 1934
    Age 43
    In December 1934, Holloway made his first appearance in pantomime, playing Abanazar in Aladdin.
    More Details Hide Details In his first season in the part, he was overshadowed by his co-star, Sir Henry Lytton, as the Emperor, but he quickly became established as a favourite in his role, playing it in successive years in Leeds, London, Edinburgh and Manchester.
    He started his association with the filmmakers Ealing Studios in 1934, appearing in the fifth Gracie Fields picture Sing As We Go.
    More Details Hide Details His other films from the 1930s included Squibs (1935) and The Vicar of Bray (1937).
    Beginning in 1934, Holloway appeared in a series of British films, three of which featured his creation Sam Small.
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  • 1932
    Age 41
    In 1932 Harry S. Pepper, with Holloway and others, revived the White Coons Concert Party show for BBC Radio.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1930
    Age 39
    When The Co-Optimists re-formed in 1930, he rejoined that company, now at the Savoy Theatre, and at the same venue appeared in Savoy Follies in 1931, where he introduced to London audiences the monologue The Lion and Albert.
    More Details Hide Details The monologue was written by Marriott Edgar, who based the story on a news item about a boy who was eaten by a lion in the zoo. In the monologue, Mr. and Mrs. Ramsbottom react in a measured way when their son Albert is swallowed. Neither Edgar nor Holloway was convinced that the piece would succeed, but needing material for an appearance at a Northern Rugby League dinner Holloway decided to perform it. It was well received, and Holloway introduced it into his stage act. Subsequently, Edgar wrote 16 monologues for him. In its obituary of Holloway, The Times wrote that Sam and Albert "became part of English folklore during the 1930s, and they remained so during the Second World War." These monologues employed the Holloway style that has been called "the understated look-on-the-bright-side world of the cockney working class.... Holloway's characters are like Albert, or obstinate, and hilariously clueless. He often told his stories in costume; sporting outrageous attire and bushy moustaches."
  • 1929
    Age 38
    In 1929 Holloway played another leading role in musical comedy, Lieutenant Richard Manners in Song of the Sea, and later that year he performed in the revue Coo-ee, with Billy Bennett, Dorothy Dickson and Claude Hulbert.
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  • 1928
    Age 37
    Holloway began regularly performing monologues, both on stage and on record, in 1928, with his own creation, Sam Small, in Sam, Sam, Pick oop thy Musket.
    More Details Hide Details Over the following years, he recorded more than 20 monologues based around the character, most of which he wrote himself. He created Sam Small after Henson had returned from a tour of northern England and told him a story about an insubordinate old soldier from the Battle of Waterloo. Holloway developed the character, naming him after a Cockney friend of Henson called Annie Small; the name Sam was chosen at random. Holloway adopted a northern accent for the character. The Times commented, "For absolute delight... there is nothing to compare with Mr. Stanley Holloway's monologue, concerning a military contretemps on the eve of Waterloo... perfect, even to the curled moustache and the Lancashire accent of the stubborn Guardsman hero."
  • 1927
    Age 36
    After The Co-Optimists disbanded in 1927, Holloway played at the London Hippodrome in Vincent Youmans's musical comedy Hit the Deck as Bill Smith, a performance judged by The Times to be "invested with many shrewd touches of humanity".
    More Details Hide Details In The Manchester Guardian, Ivor Brown praised him for a singing style "which coaxes the ear rather than clubbing the head."
  • 1924
    Age 33
    In 1924 he made his first gramophone discs, recording for HMV two songs from The Co-Optimists: "London Town" and "Memory Street".
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  • 1923
    Age 32
    In 1923 Holloway established himself as a BBC Radio performer.
    More Details Hide Details The early BBC broadcasts brought variety and classical artists together, and Holloway could be heard in the same programme as the cellist John Barbirolli or the Band of the Scots Guards. He developed his solo act throughout the 1920s while continuing his involvement with the musical theatre and The Co-Optimists.
  • 1921
    Age 30
    From June 1921, Holloway had considerable success in The Co-Optimists, a concert party formed with performers whom he had met during the war in France, which The Times called "an all-star 'pierrot' entertainment in the West-end."
    More Details Hide Details It opened at the small Royalty Theatre and soon transferred to the much larger Palace Theatre, where the initial version of the show ran for over a year, giving more than 500 performances. The entertainment was completely rewritten at regular intervals to keep it fresh, and the final edition, beginning in November 1926, was the 13th version. The Co-Optimists closed in 1927 at His Majesty's Theatre after 1,568 performances over eight years. In 1929, a feature film version was made, with Holloway rejoining his former co-stars.
    Holloway made his film debut in a 1921 silent comedy called The Rotters.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1919
    Age 28
    Following its provincial success, The Disorderly Room was given a West End production at the Victoria Palace Theatre in late 1919, in which Holloway starred alongside Henson and Tom Walls.
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    On being demobilised on 1 May 1919, Holloway returned to London and resumed his singing and acting career, finding success in two West End musicals at the Winter Garden Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details Later that month, he created the role of Captain Wentworth in Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse's Kissing Time, followed in 1920 by the role of René in A Night Out.
  • 1916
    Age 25
    He was stationed in Cork and initially fought against Sinn Féin during the Easter Rising of 1916.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, he was sent to France, where he fought in the trenches alongside Michael O'Leary, who later won the Victoria Cross for gallantry. Holloway and O'Leary stayed in touch after the war, becoming close friends. Holloway spent much of his time in the later part of the war organising shows to boost army morale in France. One such revue, Wear That Ribbon, was performed in honour of O'Leary's winning the VC. Holloway, with Henson and his newly established Star Attractions concert party, entertained the British troops in Wimereux. The party included such performers as Jack Buchanan, Eric Blore, Binnie Hale, and Phyllis Dare, as well as the performers who would later form The Co-Optimists. Upon his return from France, Holloway joined a Yorkshire regiment in Hartlepool and immediately after the war ended he starred in The Disorderly Room with Leslie Henson, which Eric Blore had written while serving in the South Wales Borderers. The production toured theatres on England's coast, including Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton-on-Sea.
  • 1915
    Age 24
    In December 1915 he was commissioned as a subaltern because of his previous training as a private in the London Rifle Brigade.
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  • 1914
    Age 23
    Holloway and Queenie had four children: Joan, born on Holloway's 24th birthday in 1914, Patricia (b. 1920), John (1925–2013) and Mary (b. 1928).
    More Details Hide Details Upon the death of her mother, Queenie inherited some property in Southampton Row and relied on the rents from the property for her income. During the First World War, while Holloway was away fighting in France, Queenie began to have financial trouble, as the tenants failed to pay their rent. Out of desperation, she approached several loan sharks, incurring a huge debt about which Holloway knew nothing. She also started to drink heavily as the pressures from the war and of supporting her daughter took their toll. On Holloway's return from the war, the debt was paid off and they moved to Hampstead, West London. By the late 1920s, Holloway found himself in financial difficulties with the British tax authorities and was briefly declared bankrupt. In the 1930s, Holloway and Queenie moved to Bayswater and remained there until Queenie's death in 1937 at the age of 45, from cirrhosis of the liver. Of the children from this first marriage, John worked as an engineer in an electrics company, and Mary worked for British Petroleum for many years.
    At the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, he decided to return to England, but his departure was delayed for six weeks due to his contract with the troupe.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of 25, Holloway enlisted in the Connaught Rangers.
    In the early months of 1914, Holloway made his first visit to the US and then went to Buenos Aires and Valparaíso with the concert party The Grotesques.
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  • 1913
    Age 22
    He married Queenie in November 1913.
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    Later in 1913, Holloway decided to train as an operatic baritone, and so he went to Italy to take singing lessons from Ferdinando Guarino in Milan.
    More Details Hide Details However, a yearning to start a career in light entertainment and a contract to re-appear in Bert Graham and Will Bentley's concert party at the West Cliff Theatre caused him to return home after six months.
    In 1913 Holloway was recruited by the comedian Leslie Henson to feature as a support in Henson's more prestigious concert party called Nicely, Thanks.
    More Details Hide Details In later life, Holloway often spoke of his admiration for Henson, citing him as a great influence on his career. The two became firm friends and often consulted each other before taking jobs. In his 1967 autobiography, Holloway dedicated a whole chapter to Henson, whom he described as "the greatest friend, inspiration and mentor a performer could have had".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1910
    Age 19
    Holloway's stage career began in 1910, when he travelled to Walton-on-the-Naze to audition for The White Coons Show, a concert party variety show arranged and produced by Will C. Pepper, father of Harry S. Pepper, with whom Holloway later starred in The Co-Optimists.
    More Details Hide Details This seaside show lasted six weeks.
  • 1907
    Age 16
    A year later, he became a clerk at Billingsgate Fish Market, where he remained for two years before commencing training as an infantry soldier in the London Rifle Brigade in 1907.
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  • 1904
    Age 13
    He began performing part-time as Master Stanley Holloway – The Wonderful Boy Soprano from 1904, singing sentimental songs such as "The Lost Chord".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1890
    Born
    Born in 1890.
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