Italia Conti

(1874—1946) actress and founder of the Italia Conti academy of theatre arts

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(1874–1946), English actress, who made her first appearance on the stage in 1891 at the Lyceum and later toured extensively in England and Australia. In 1911 she was asked by Charles Hawtrey to train the children, among them Noël Coward, who were to appear with him in the fairy play Where the Rainbow Ends. This led her to found the Italia Conti School for the stage training of children, to which she devoted the rest of her life, one of her outstanding pupils being Gertrude Lawrence. She continued to act intermittently, being seen annually from 1929 to 1938 at the Holborn Empire as Mrs Carey in the Christmas production of Where the Rainbow Ends.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre in Oxford Reference.

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