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Kathleen 'Lally' Bowers : Actress

Kathleen 'Lally' Bowers

Kathleen 'Lally' Bowers was born in Oldham on the 21st January, 1914 and died in 1984 in London.

Kathleen was educated at Hulme Grammar School in Oldham and worked as a secretary before walking-on and understudying at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. As a professional actress she appeared in hundreds of stage productions, films and television programmes and rep at Manchester, Sheffield, Southport, Guilford Liverpool, Birmingham and the Bristol Old Vic.

Her London debut came in 1944 and her many West End successes included Dinner With the Family for which she won a Clarence Derwent award in 1957, Difference of Opinion, The Killing of Sister George, Dear Octopus and The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B. She appeared in the sitcoms You're Only Young Twice, Going Straight and A Fine Romance. She also appeared in an episode of Hi-De-Hi. Also appearing in Blue Murder at St Trinians.

She was with ENSA in 1944/1945. See a longer list of her successes HERE and HERE

Contributor: Alex Balmforth

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