Alice Lloyd (1873-1949) was one of a family of 7 performing siblings (out of 10 total) who had been raised in an actual music hall. Her older sister Marie had gone onstage first in 1885, becoming the top English music hall star during the next decade. Alice formed an act with her sister Grace a couple of years later. Grace retired in the mid ’90s and Alice went solo. Both Marie and Alice toured the U.S. many times, but Alice — the more “proper” one — was much more successful in the States, notably at the Percy Williams-owned Colonial. She headlined in America many times between 1907 and 1928 and continued performing well into the 1940s. Today is her birthday.
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