English actress, singer and comedian Gracie Fields (1898 - 1979) arrives at Heston Aerodrome, near London, after a tour of France, 29th April 1940. She has been entertaining the British and French troops. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Gracie FIELDS, DBE (1898-1979) * AFI Top Actress nominee > Active 1924–78 > Born Grace Stansfield 9 Jan 1898 Lancashire, England > Died 27 Sept 1979 (aged 81) Capri, Italy, pneumonia > Nationality: British > Other: Singer > Spouses: Archie Pitt (1923–39 div); Monty Banks (1940–50, his death); Boris Alperovici (1952–79, her death) > Children: none. Comedienne and singer in British Music Halls, highest paid actress in Britain in the 30's, highest paid film star in the world 1937.