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Subject: Rose Marie at The Palace Theatre 1960's
Rose Marie was performed at The Palace Theatre, possibly in 1961.
The cast included David WHITFIELD, Maggie FITZGIBBON and Andy COLE.
Among the dancers was an Angela SPARSHOTT.
Equity do not have any records relating to this dancer.
Can anyone else provide further information, i.e. was SPARSHOTT a maiden name, married name or stagename?

Any information gratefully received.

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Bessie Bellwood was born Catherine MAHONEY 30-3-1856 in London and on 4-6-1856 she was baptised at St Georges RC Church. Her parents were Patrick MAHONEY and Catherine Mahoney nee READY both immigrants from Co Cork Ireland.
Bessie's parents married in the same Church in Nov 1849 and had four daughters - Mary, Ellen, Catherine and Ann, and one son, James, all of whom were baptised in St Georges.
At the age of 20yrs Catherine made her debut as Bessie Bellwood and went on to become the toast of London.
On September 24th 1884 "Kate" MAHONEY married John NICHOLSON a Commission Agent in the Register Office in Leeds,York.
Very little is known of her husband and he seems to have disappeared after the wedding, but did attend Bessie's funeral in 1896.
Bessie Bellwood died on September 24th 1896 at the age of 39. Her death certificate states cause of death as "Cardiac Disease Exhaustion"
Informant on her death certificate was my Great Aunt Mary Josephine DOVE daughter of Mary DOVE nee MAHONEY and William Henry DOVE.
Bessie's funeral cortege was followed by crowds of her adoring fans and passed through Fulham Road and onto Whitechapel Road where crowds lined the streets. She was laid to rest in St Patricks Catholic Cemetery, Leytonstone.
Her headstone, a Cross of Irish granite, can still be seen today. The inscription reads ~
"In Loving memory of Catherine Nicholson (Bessie Bellwood) who died on 24th September 1896 aged 39 years. Eternal rest give unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace".
The only relatives other than her husband John that attended Bessie's funeral were the DOVE family members, Mary, William and Bessie's three nieces Ellen (Nellie),Mary (Polly) and Elizabeth (Bessie)my grandmother, although many stars of the day and her many friends paid homage to this "daughter of London".

"Nellie" Ellen Agnes DOVE married Charles PICOT in London in 1895.
"Polly" Mary Josephine DOVE married William Henry LUCY in London 1898. The family emigrated to Canada sometime in the early 1900's.
"Bessie" Elizabeth DOVE married George John PARSONS in London 1903.

I would be happy to hear from anyone who has an interest in "Bessie" or has any snippets of information regarding her life and stage career, Carole Cumber,Ontario,Canada.
Please contact me. Carole Cumber.

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