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Gladys Morgan (Chippy resident) becomes Lisa Daniels (Hollywood Star)

July 8, 2012

To my huge delight, my daughter decided to go in to her Y7 school history day dressed as one of our Brimmin.  Gladys Morgan grew up in a Fish n Chip shop and died a Hollywood film star.  The Birmingham Mail wrote an obituary with some great photos.

The text below is the fact sheet my daughter prepared as part of her homework for the day.  Thanks Pippa, you are now officially a blogger…

Gladys Morgan Pageant Profile:

Name/s: Gladys Morgan/ Lisa Daniels/ Lizbeth Keen.

Experience: Fish and chip assistant. The official Miss Birmingham. Dancer in Cinderella, Walt Disney Production ‘101 Dalmatians Hollywood movie star.’

Biography: The star to be, who was crowned Miss Birmingham in 1944, lived the American dream becoming a TV and movie star!

Lisa Daniels was born Gladys Morgan in the backroom of the fish and chip shop, which her mother May had rented in 1929 after winning cash in a newspaper competition. Gladys’ niece, Jean Bytheway, who was born in the same bed nine years later, told the Birmingham Mail her aunt had lived an ‘extraordinary and colourful life’ which was down to her desire and ambition.

She was always involved in singing and dancing. She was so talented and beautiful.Then at 13 Gladys was crowned Miss Birmingham, the family kept  the photographs and the silver cup she won. Her Grandmother sent her to London to take part in the musicals and shows. This is where she got noticed my an employer and got her big break!

When she was 14 she was a dancer in Cinderella at the Alexandra Theatre and when Noele Gordon, who was in Crossroads, fell ill, her aunt Lisa stepped in as Cinderella. When the Pageant research team spoke to  Mrs Bytheway she said,: “She was so beautiful, photographs do not do her justice, she had perfect skin and teeth, and she was such a good person, she was practically perfect.” We think this captures the essence of why she is in the final perfectly!Gladys became best known as Lisa Daniels, was friends with some of the biggest names of the big screen. She was married to the late film executive Roger Hill Lewis – producer of the Shaft series in the 1970s.

Later on she played a girl who was murdered by Jack the Ripper in The Man In the Attic. She also had a small part in The Virgin Queen, in which Joan Collins had the lead, and she was the voice of Perdita in the first ever version of Walt Disney’s One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

The glamorous couple, who later separated, had three children together, all now working in the Hollywood music business.Lisa’s (Gladys’) extraordinary life ended in early 2010 when she passed away peacefully in an LA retirement village at the age of 79.

Enjoy her pageant performance!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2012 8:36 am

    aah .brought the individual to life, really enjoyed this., thankyou

  2. September 2, 2012 1:23 am

    Reblogged this on keithbracey and commented:
    Brill Brummie woman who appeared in one of my fave films Dodie Smith’s ‘101 Dalmations’…..a Disney classic of course!

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