Holloway, Stanley

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Stanley Holloway (1890-1982) made over 50 films, but he loved performing in the theatre and the comic monologues, for which he was so well known, were first introduced into a Co-Optimists' stage show in 1929. He began his career working in concert parties where he was spotted by Leslie Henson who organised Holloway's first west-end appearance in a Co-Optimists' show. His most notable post-war parts were as the first gravedigger in Olivier's Hamlet film; on stage as Bottom in the Old Vic production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and in film and on stage as Eliza Doolittle's father in My Fair Lady. Holloway's long career spans encompasses the music hall tradition and the cinema of the 1960s.

From the guide to the Stanley Holloway Archive, 1890-1994, (V&A Department of Theatre and Performance)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Jascha Heifetz Collection, 1911-1972 Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries
referencedIn The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings [sound recording], 1940-1968 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Sir, Michael Redgrave, Archive, 1890-1996 V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
referencedIn Olive Reeves-Smith Papers, 1879-1964, 1920-1961 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Stanley Holloway Archive, 1890-1994 V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Library Special Collections
referencedIn Levin, Herman, 1907-1990. Herman Levin papers, 1943-1981. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Robert Baral papers, 1876-1980 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith American Museum of Vaudeville corporateBody
associatedWith Baral, Robert person
associatedWith Cullen, Frank, 1936- person
associatedWith Levin, Herman, 1907-1990. person
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Pfeiffer, John, 1920- person
associatedWith Redgrave, Michael person
associatedWith Reeves-Smith, Olive, 1894-1972 person
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Birth 1890-10-01

Death 1982-01-30



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