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Dora Bryan


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 LampThe Green Man, 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 autobiography.

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).

--Deceased Hose

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