July 19, 2003 by

Elisabeth Welch


Categories: Actors, Hollywood, Musicians

ewelch.jpgElisabeth Margaret Welch, an actress and cabaret singer who wowed audiences in New York, Paris and London, died on July 15. Cause of death was not released. She was 99.
Despite her father’s vehement protests, Welch appeared in the 1923 Broadway musical, “Runnin’ Wild,” where she was credited for introducing a dance to the tune of the “Charleston.” While she appeared in several all-black revues on- and off-Broadway, Welch made a name for herself on the nightclub circuit at the Royal Box in New York. There she sang the Cole Porter classic, “Love for Sale,” a song written from a prostitute’s point of view that caused a scandal at the time. Irving Berlin caught one of Welch’s performances and offered her the lead role in his play, “The New Yorkers.”
In the 1930s, Welch traveled to London and became a star of West End musical theatre by performing in “Nymph Errant” and “Solomon.” Welch then did a show at the Moulin Rouge in Paris and was instantly crowned a darling of the caf

2 Responses to Elisabeth Welch

  1. N. Davis

    I just finished watching Paul Robeson & Elisabeth Welch in “Big Fella” and I am already a fan of her. Before watching this film I had never heard of her, and now I’m eager to see the other British film she starred in with Robeson. What a talented and beautiful woman. How I wish I had known of her while she was still living.

  2. Colonel ASR Alfred. MBE

    I have been a fan for over sixty years. Quite simply, she was unique.
    I’m sure I once had a recording of her singing with the Duke Ellington orchestra but I cannot confirm this from any of the many biographies on the net.
    Can you advise me in this regard please?
    Many thanks,
    Alan Alfred.

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