Zena DARE (1887-1975)

Zena Dare
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Zena Dare, singer and actress, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the curtain call of the musical My Fair Lady at London’s Drury Lane Theatre.


Zena made her first professional stage appearance in 1899, in a London Christmas pantomime, Babes in the Wood, starring alongside her sister, Phyllis. In the first decade of the 1900s, she starred in various Edwardian musical comedy theatre productions, before retiring to nurse soldiers in France during the First Word War.


She returned to the stage in 1926, forming her own production company in 1928 and taking over the management of the Haymarket Theatre a year later. Zena also appeared in films, making the successful transition from ‘silents’ to ‘talkies’, while maintaining a flourishing theatrical career through the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.


“It's all too much!”

Zena Dare This Is Your Life

Zena Dare and guest Ellaline Terriss on This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 220
  • Subject No: 221
  • Broadcast live: Tue 26 Mar 1963
  • Broadcast time: 7.55-8.25pm
  • Venue: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
  • Series: 8
  • Edition: 25

on the guest list...

  • Muriel Pavlow
  • Grace Reid
  • Ellaline Terriss
  • James Stuart, Lord Stuart of Findhorn
  • Filmed tribute:
  • Oliver Brett, Lord Esher

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production team...

  • Director: Vere Lorrimer
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 8 subjects: Rupert Davies > Kenneth Revis > Sydney MacEwan > Cleo Laine > Arthur Baldwin > Edith Sitwell > Ben Fuller > Robert Henry MacIntosh > Mabel Lethbridge > Stephen Behan > Ruby Miller > Richard Attenborough > Daniel Kirkpatrick > Michael Wilson > Dick Hoskin > James Carroll > Uffa Fox > George Thomas Cummins > Hattie Jacques > Samuel Ironmonger Derry > Finlay Currie > Phyllis Lumley > Ben Lyon > Bertie Tibble > Zena Dare > Victor Willcox > Learie Constantine > Phyllis Holman Richards > Michael Bentine > Joe Loss > Gladys Aylward