Saturday 7 November 2015

Mary Ellis, 1897–2003 (British stage actress, opera singer, centenarian)

* Mary Ellis was a long-lived star of the British stage best known for her roles in the genre of musical theatre. After appearing with the Metropolitan Opera beginning in 1918, later appearing opposite Enrico Caruso, she acted on Broadway, creating the title role in Rose Marie. In 1930, she emigrated to England, where she gained additional fame and continued to perform into the 1990s. Ellis published her memoirs in 1982 under the title Those Dancing Years. A further autobiography Moments of Truth followed in 1986. She died in London on 30 January 2003, aged 105.

BIRTH DATA: May Belle Elsas, 15 June 1897, 07:00 (7 am) EST (+5), New York, New York, USA (40n46, 73w59). ASC: 27 Cancer. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from "Hollywood" by Sidney Skolsky, Washington Post, 28 March 1935, p. 16: "Mary Ellis ... New York born ... on June 15, 1901, at 7 o'clock in the morning." Actual birth name, date and year from 'New York, New York, Birth Index, 1878-1909' (

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