The 17 year old Evelyn Laye in 1917 #1900 – 1996#opular singing star of the London light-opera stage in the twenties and thirties. She made her Broadway debut in 1929 and appeared in several early talkie Hollywood films. She continued acting in such productions as The Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Spent the war years as entertainments director of the Royal Navy, performing frequently for the troops.She was awarded the CBE #Commander of the Order of the British Empire# in 1973 for her services to drama. It was said that the Queen Mother, an avid fan of Evelyn's, wanted to make her a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1995, but Evelyn died before it could happen.In 1992, still performing at the age of 92, she toured in a production at Drury Lane. Later that year she was paid tribute at the London Palladium, led by actor John Mills, deemed "the fairest prima donna this side of heaven."
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