Dame Vera LYNN DBE (1917-)

Vera Lynn
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Vera Lynn, enormously popular singer during World War II, known as ‘The Forces’ Sweetheart’, was surprised for a second time by Eamonn Andrews, at the Cafe Royal, London.

Vera was previously honoured by This Is Your Life in 1957.

“It really is a case of We’ll Meet Again!”

Vera Lynn recalls her experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in October 2009

Screenshots and photographs of Vera Lynn This Is Your Life - and Dame Vera at her home in October 2009

Vera Lynn's autobiography

Vera briefly recalls an aspect of This Is Your Life in her autobiography Some Sunny Day...

A show at a hospital, as distinct from just a visit, usually took the form of getting as many men as possible into one ward, dragging the piano in and singing.

But always there would be men too ill to be moved, and I’d go and see them after the main performance was over. It was in that way that I sang to my smallest audience – of two. They were both too poorly to come and sit in the concert and were both terribly wounded.

They asked me to sing ‘We’ll Meet Again’. I could see what they were thinking. In the end only one got home. Years later I was invited to do This Is Your Life and they had managed to find him. I never knew how: I didn’t know his name and I certainly didn’t know where he lived. I was so surprised and moved, I couldn’t believe it.

programme details...

  • Edition No: 505
  • Subject No: second timer
  • Broadcast date: Mon 1 Jan 1979
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 20 Dec 1978
  • Venue: New London Theatre
  • Series: 19
  • Edition: 11
  • Code Name: Harry

on the guest list...

  • Alyn Ainsworth
  • Harry Lewis - husband
  • Virginia - daughter
  • Roger - brother
  • Young Generation
  • Nigel Lythgoe
  • Doreen Harris
  • Joe Loss
  • Howard Baker
  • Florence Desmond
  • Howard Thomas
  • Henk van Lamb
  • Frank Dell
  • Holman Gregory
  • Jimmy Edwards
  • Countess of Westmorland
  • David Jacobs
  • Marcel Stellman
  • Harold Wilson
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Johnny Mathis
  • Lord Mountbatten

external links...

production team...

  • Researcher: Tony Lee
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Royston Mayoh, Terry Yarwood
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 19 subjects: Alice Goldberger > Michael Parkinson > Mary O'Hara > Barbara Kelly > Terry Scott > Jimmy Shand > Eric Newby > Patricia Neal > David Bellamy > Muhammad Ali > Vera Lynn > Naomi James > Leslie Thomas > James Galway > Elaine Paige > Lord Lovat > Kevin Keegan > Stephane Grappelli > Robert Powell > Shirley Crabtree > Peter Barkworth > Robert Law > Dinah Sheridan > JPR Williams > Joyce Pearce > Ian Ogilvy > Margaret Kelly