Zena Dare

(1886—1975) actress

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b. Florence Hariette Zena Dones, 4 February 1887, London, England, d. 11 March 1975, London, England. Together with her sister, Phyllis Dare, she formed a double act. Dare played pantomime and minor roles in musical comedies, including An English Daisy (1902), before joining Seymour Hicks ’ The Catch Of The Season (1905), as replacement for Ellaline Terriss, who was pregnant. Dare was in George Edwardes ’ Lady Madcap, The Little Cherub and The Girl On Stage (all 1905), and in 1906 played in Hicks’ The Beauty Of Bath and on tour with The Catch Of The Season. Between 1907 and 1909 she was in The Gay Gordons, Sweet And Twenty, Papa’s Wife, Mitislaw Or The Love Match and other plays, often with Hicks, then The Dashing Little Duke and The Model And The Man (both 1910). Despite her success, she abandoned her career for marriage to the Hon. Maurice Brett, son of Viscount Esher.


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