Marie Lloyd (1870–1922) was an English music hall singer, comedienne
and musical theatre actress, known as the "Queen of the Music Hall". She
was best known for her performances of songs such as "The Boy I Love is
Up in the Gallery" and "Oh Mr Porter What Shall I Do", and was both
criticised and praised for her use of innuendo and double entendre. She
made her professional debut in 1884 and thereafter frequently topped the
bill in London's West End. Between 1894 and 1900, she became an
international success when she toured France, America, Australia and
Belgium. In 1907, she assisted other performers during the music hall
war and protested for better pay and conditions for performers. During
the First World War, she helped the war effort and toured hospitals and
industrial institutions to boost morale. Lloyd had a turbulent private
life that was often the subject of press attention. She also suffered
from bouts of ill-health and became alcohol-dependent. In later life,
she was still in demand and had success in 1919 with her renowned
performance of "My Old Man (Said Follow the Van)". Lloyd was taken ill
on stage at the Alhambra Theatre, London, and died a few days later.
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