'Stanley Holloway, actor, singer and jester was born in London in 1890. It is said of him that he is one of the few first class actors with an excellent singing voice - baritone. He started his professional career with a troupe of travelling pierrots, but achieved real fame as an original member of 'The Co-Optimists'. His first broadcast was as a singer in 1924, and he was then firmly established in public favour as an actor and singer in musical comedies. In 1933 he was specially engaged to go to Canada to give one hour's entertainment at a fee of Â£1,000 - for the Society of Lancashiremen in Toronto.'
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