Wood, Matilda Alice Victoria
Born: Oct 12, 1870 AD
Died: 1922 AD, at 51 years of age.
1870 - Born on February 12th in Hoxton, London. English comedienne and entertainer
1887 - Marie was earning good money and had met Percy Courtenay, who became her first husband. They married on November 12th.
1891-1893 - She played in pantomime at Drury Lane with Dan Leno and was a great success, but she always preferred the halls where she could play to her audience and was not restricted to a set script.
1896 - Marie went to South Africa, taking with her little Marie and putting her into the act as 'Little Maudie Courtenay'. The tour was a great success - particular favourite songs being "Twiggy Voo" and one she had just introduced called "Oh Mr. Porter".
1901 - When she returned to England Marie met and fell in love with the Coster singer Alec Hurley and went to Australia where they appeared together with tremendous success.
1906 - She married Alec.
1913 - She went with Bernard Dillon to America for a six month tour. They travelled as Mr. and Mrs. Dillon.
1922 - She was appearing at Edmonton and the last song in her act was the famous "It's A Bit Of A Ruin That Cromwell Knocked About A Bit", during which she staggered about on the stage, desperately ill.
- Died on October 7th.
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