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Diana Magdalene Roloff (b. April 21, 1945 in Cheadle, Cheshire, England – d. April 11, 2000 in Redhill, Surrey, England), known professionally as Diana Darvey, was a British actress, singer and dancer, who is most famous for her appearances on The Benny Hill Show. is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945and died 2007 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Cheadle is a small town near Stockport in Greater Manchester in England and falls within the Manchester urban area. ... The Cheshire Plain - photo taken adjacent to Beeston Castle The Cheshire Plain - photo taken towards Merseyside The Cheshire Plain panorama - photo taken from Mid-Cheshire Ridge Cattle farming in the county Black-and-white timbered buildings on Nantwich High Street Cheshire (or, archaically, the County of Chester)[1] is a... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the  United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Redhill is a town in the borough of Reigate and Banstead, Surrey, England and is part of the London commuter belt. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the  United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A singer is a musician who uses his or her voice to produce music. ... Dance (from French danser, perhaps from Frankish) generally refers to movement used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting. ... Born Alfred Hawthorn Hill (January 21, 1924/1925 - April 20, 1992), Benny Hill was a prolific comic British actor. ...

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Early life and career

The daughter of a former Windmill Girl, Pamela Cooper, Diana was raised and educated in Bristol. Her father died when she was just two, and when she first entered show business she adopted the surname "Davey" from her mother's second husband (the "r" was added years later). The Windmill Theatre, later the Windmill Club, was a famous West End theatre in Great Windmill Street, London. ... This article is about the English city. ... Show business is a vernacular term for the business of entertainment. ...


In 1962, Darvey made her first stage appearance as a pantomime dancer in Bath, and a year later became a Butlin's Redcoat. She then became part of a London ballet troupe which travelled Sweden, Germany and Spain. After the tour ended, Darvey settled in Spain, where she became a popular revista performer under famed Spanish impresario Colsada. Then for the next several years she appeared in musical theatre productions in and around Spain. It was during one such performance, in Madrid in the early 1970s, that she was "discovered" again, this time by British comedian Benny Hill. Attracted by her beauty, voice and talent, he was amazed to discover that she was actually British. Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Christmas Pantomime colour lithograph bookcover, 1890 Pantomime (informally, panto) refers to a theatrical genre, traditionally found in Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Ireland, which is usually performed around the Christmas and New Year holiday season. ... Bath is a city in South West England most famous for its baths fed by three hot springs. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Butlins. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Painting of ballet dancers by Edgar Degas, 1872. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... An impresario is a manager or producer in one of the entertainment industries, usually Music or Theatre. ... The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in history Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. ... Motto: (Spanish for From Madrid to Heaven) Location Coordinates: , Country Spain Autonomous Community Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid Province Madrid Administrative Divisions 21 Neighborhoods 127 Founded 9th century Government  - Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón (PP) Area  - Land 607 km² (234. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... Alfred Hawthorn Hill (21 January 1924 – 20 April 1992), better known as Benny Hill, was a prolific English comic, actor and singer, best known for his television programme, The Benny Hill Show. ...


The Benny Hill Show

Darvey made her first appearance on The Benny Hill Show on February 7, 1974, and became an instant hit with fans. Her self-designed, often gravity-defying costumes became as famous as her show-stopping performances. While she sang such Continental music standards as "Sway," "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás" and "Perfidia" on the show, perhaps her most famous number was a four-song medley fronted by "It's Nice to Go Trav'lin'" (which Frank Sinatra recorded on his 1957 album Come Fly with Me), and also featuring a rendition of Maurice Chevalier's "Valentine." In the nearly four-minute number, which she sang in English, French and Spanish, Darvey wore a total of four costumes, including as a belly dancer. She was also known for the "Continental Cabaret" sketch which she performed with Hill and regular sidekick Jackie Wright, and which featured a gag involving the word "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." In addition, she participated in other sketches, including as Hill's girlfriend in a gender-reverse parody of the 1956 film Baby Doll. February 7 is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... “Gravity” redirects here. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Continental Europe, also referred to as mainland Europe or simply the Continent, is the continent of Europe, explicitly excluding European islands and, at times, peninsulas. ... Sway is the English version of Quién Será, a 1953 Latin pop song with a mambo beat written by Mexican composer and bandleader Pablo Beltrán Ruiz. ... Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (also known as Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps in English) is a popular song written in 1947 with Spanish lyrics by Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Farrés [1]. The English lyrics were written by Joe Davis. ... Perfidia (Spanish for perfidy) is a popular old Mexican song about love and betrayal written by Alberto Domínguez. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was a jazz oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Come Fly With Me is an album by American singer Frank Sinatra, released in 1958. ... French singer Maurice Chevalier with stars of Hellzapoppin at Expo 67, in Montreal, Quebec. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Raqs Sharqi dancer Chryssanthi Sahar Scharf, Heidelberg. ... Don Quixote and Sancho Panza unsuccessfully confront windmills. ... Jackie Wright (1905-January 1989) was a British comedian known for being the bald-headed sidekick of fellow comic Benny Hill on his television programme for three decades, receiving head taps from the former. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... In contemporary usage, a parody is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Baby Doll is a 1956 film which tells the story of the childlike bride of a Mississippi cotton gin owner, who becomes the pawn in a battle between her husband and his enemy. ...


In total, Darvey appeared on the show five times, the last being on January 26, 1977. January 26 is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


Life after Benny Hill

Darvey parlayed her popularity from The Benny Hill Show to appearances on the game show Quick on the Draw and the sitcom ...And Mother Makes Five, and a role in the 1975 movie Carry On Behind. In the immediate years after her last Hill show appearance, Darvey travelled around the world with her cabaret act, in tandem with her then-husband, Terry Gittings (who had been a drummer in Georgie Fame's backing band). For a time in the early 1980s she was based in Miami Beach, Florida, where by then The Benny Hill Show had become famous in the United States through syndication. Their marriage ended in divorce a few years later, and Diana later ended up back in England where, at one point, she ran a pub in Bodicote, Oxfordshire. [1] “Quiz show” redirects here. ... A situation comedy, usually referred to as a sitcom, is a genre of comedy programs which originated in radio. ... ...And Mother Makes Five was a British sitcom starring Wendy Craig that was the sequal of . ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Carry On Behind is a 1975 film in the British Carry On series of comedies. ... Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue — a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting around the tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance. ... Georgie Fame is a British R&B singer whose real name is Clive Powell. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Location in Miami-Dade and the state of Florida. ... In broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast radio shows and television shows to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Bodicote is a village and civil parish in the Cherwell district of Oxfordshire, England, on the southern fringe of the Banbury urban area. ... Oxfordshire (abbreviated Oxon, from the Latinised form Oxonia) is a county in the South East of England, bordering on Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Warwickshire. ...


In 1995 Darvey married for a second time, to Ralph Barker. She died five years later after a fall at her home, aged 54. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


References

  • "Benny Brings Home the Beauty." TV Times, April 25, 1974, pp. 18-19.
  • "Diana Stages a Daring Hold-Up." TV Times, November 11, 1976, p. 34.
  • "From Benny Hill to Cabaret." The British Tourist (South Florida), July 1982, p. 14.
  • Obituary in The Stage, April 20, 2000.
  • Obituary in The Independent, May 27, 2000.

The TV Times is a television listings magazine published in the United Kingdom. ... The TV Times is a television listings magazine published in the United Kingdom. ... The Stage is a weekly British newspaper founded in 1880, available nationally and published on Thursdays. ... The Independent is a British compact newspaper published by Tony OReillys Independent News & Media. ...

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