Music‐hall artiste and film star. A Lancashire lass, born Grace Stansfield, Fields joined a touring music‐hall company (1913) and became a star overnight in the West End (1924). Talented, versatile, and dedicated, she could control her audience with merely a headscarf for a prop, switching easily from ‘Ave Maria’ to ‘The Biggest Aspidistra in the World’. As music‐halls declined, ‘Our Gracie’ moved successfully into film‐making. She settled in Capri after the war, and was created Dame (1979).