Evelyn LAYE CBE (1900-1996)

Evelyn Laye
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Evelyn Laye, actress and singer, was surprised by Michael Aspel on stage at Croydon's Ashcroft Theatre.

During the 1920's, Evelyn became one of England's most popular stars of musical revue and operetta. She also made several film appearances including Evensong in 1934, considered to be her best screen performance.

When revue and operetta fell out of fashion, Evelyn continued to act on the stage, performing in plays such as Three Waltzes, The School for Scandal, Wedding in Paris and The Amorous Prawn.

In a long and glittering career 'Boo', as she was known to her friends, became one of Britain's greatest stars and most celebrated beauties.

Evelyn was previously honoured by This Is Your Life in August 1959.

“It's lasted quite a long time! It's going to be rather exciting!”

Mary-Jane Burcher recalls the experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in November 2012

Photographs of Evelyn Laye This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 793
  • Subject No: second timer
  • Broadcast date: Wed 19 Dec 1990
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 12 Dec 1990
  • Venue: Teddington Studios
  • Series: 31
  • Edition: 9
  • Code: Adam

on the guest list...

  • Peter Laye - nephew
  • Wendy Toye
  • Robert Nesbitt
  • Elizabeth Welch
  • Doris Hare
  • Katie Boyle
  • Dinah Sheridan
  • Larry Grayson
  • Michael Denison
  • letter from HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
  • Liz Robertson
  • members of the Sylvia Young School Choir
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Michael Crawford
  • Douglas Fairbanks Jr
  • Hinge and Bracket

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production team...

  • Researcher: Ian Brown
  • Writer: Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Brian Klein, John Birkin
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
  • Associate Producer: John Graham
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 31 subjects: Lord Brabourne > Graham Gooch > Norman Barrett > Richard Harris > Tracy Edwards > Stephen Hendry > Robert Pountney > Jimmy Savile > Evelyn Laye > Ernie Wise > Kenneth Mckellar > Tom Gleave > Bernard Braden > Barry Foster > Carmen Silvera > Arthur Hailey > Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent > The Bee Gees > John Woodhouse > Evelyn Glennie > David Tomlinson > Dave Willetts > Harry Carpenter > Lionel Bart > Stan Richards > Lonnie Donegan