Gertrude Lawrence was an English actress.


Born Gertrude Klasen in London, England, Lawrence trained under Italia Conti from 1908, before appearing in a number of plays including The Miracle and Hannele. She also worked in music hall productions and revues, before appearing in major musicals including Oh, Kay!

Lawrence would continue to work in straight plays including Candle Light and Private Lives, as well as touring on behalf of the E.N.S.A. during the Second World War. In 1950, she appeared in The Glass Menagerie, as well as her greatest success as Anna Leonowens in The King and I.

Lawrence passed away in 1952.


Lawrence first began singing in André Charlot's revues before portraying Kay Jones in the original Broadway cast of Oh, Kay! She also performed the title song in "They All in Love."

Lawrence would also originate roles in Nymph Errant, Lady in the Dark and most notably The King and I.


They All Fall in Love (1929)

  • They All Fall in Love (solo)


A to Z (1921)

  • Limehouse Blues (duet)

Charlot's Revue of 1924 (1924)

Charlot's Revue of 1926 (1926)

Oh, Kay! (1926)(originated the role)

  • Maybe (duet)
  • Do, Do, Do (duet)
  • Someone to Watch Over Me (solo)
  • Oh, Kay! (contains solo lines)
  • Finale

Treasure Girl (1928)(originated the role)

  • Oh, So Nice (duet)
  • I Don't Think I'll Fall in Love Today (duet)
  • Feeling I'm Falling (duet)
  • What Are We Here For? (contains solo lines)
  • Where's the Boy? Here's the Girl! (contains solo lines)

Nymph Errant (1933)(originated the role)

  • It's Bad for Me (solo)
  • How Could We Be Wrong (solo)
  • Nymph Errant (solo)
  • The Physician (solo)
  • Back to Nature With You (duet)
  • Experiment (reprise)(solo)

Lady in the Dark (1941)(originated the role)

  • The World's Inamorata (duet)
  • One Life to Live (duet)
  • It Looks Like Liza
  • This Is New (duet)
  • The Princess of Pure Delight (contains solo lines)
  • This Woman at the Altar (contains solo lines)
  • The Saga of Jenny (contains solo lines)
  • My Ship (solo)

The King and I (1951)(originated the role)

  • I Whistle a Happy Tune (duet)
  • Hello, Young Lovers (solo)
  • The Royal Bangkok Academy (contains solo lines)
  • Getting to Know You (contains solo lines)
  • Shall I Tell You What I Think of You? (solo)
  • Hello, Young Lovers (reprise)(solo)
  • Song of the King (duet)
  • Shall We Dance? (duet)
  • I Whistle a Happy Tune (reprise)(solo)


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