Dora Bryan was the stage name of Dora May Broadbent, born on
February 7, 1923, in Parbold, Lancashire, England. She began her stage
career when she was a child, performing in pantomimes (a form of musical
comedy in which the audience sings
along and shouts out phrases to the performers). She joined the Oldham
Repertory as a teenager and got her first big role in Noel Coward’s Private Lives on the London stage.
She appeared in many films in the 1950s, such as The Blue Lamp
, and Carry On Sergeant
. She was well remembered for
recording the Christmas song "All I Want for Christmas is a Beatle" in
1963. She also appeared in many roles on television, including her own
show, According to Dora
, which was also the title of her
Ms. Bryan continued her long career on stage,
films, and TV until around 2005, when her ability to remember her lines
deteriorated. She was married to cricket player Bill Lawton for 54
years, until his death in 2008.
In 2013, news came that she was
wheelchair-bound and living in a nursing home, which brought her to the
attention of deadpoolers who craved a celebrity who was obscure enough
not to attract a lot of selections. In the alt.obituaries Deadpool,
those players are Deceased Hose and Philip, who get 5 points each (2 for
the hit and 3 for the duet).
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