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George Formby, the son of a music hall entertainer who died at a comparatively early age, followed his father on the stage. Thanks largely to his wife Beryl, he became not only a very successful performer with his singing and ukulele playing, but one of the most popular film stars in Britain during the war years. He also travelled extensively abroad to entertain the troops. After the war he ceased making films, and returned to the theatre and pantomime, though a lifetime of ill-health was catching up on him.
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This book provides a detailed account of all his films and major theatre shows, as well as a frank look at the unhappiness of his marriage with a woman who single-mindedly helped him become the highest-paid entertainer of his time, but made him many enemies in showbiz circles along the way.

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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   musician Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Story of entertainer?    -   Movie Comedy Actor Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   actor/actress/producer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   depressed Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot 11-15 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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