Sonnie Hale

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Sonnie Hale
Born John Robert Hale-Monro
(1902-05-01)1 May 1902
London, England, UK
Died 9 June 1959(1959-06-09) (aged 57) (myelofibrosis)
London, England, UK
Occupation actor, director, screenwriter
Spouse(s) Mary Kelsey (1945-1957)
Jessie Matthews (1931-1944)
Evelyn Laye (1926-1930)

Sonnie Hale (1 May 1902 – 9 June 1959) was an English theatre and cinema actor and director.

John Robert Hale-Monro, better known by his stage name, was born in London, the son of Robert Hale and Belle Reynolds. His father and sister, Binnie Hale were actors. He worked chiefly in musical and revue theatre, but also acted in several films with occasional screenwriting or directing credits. A major personal investment in a show to tour the country planned for late 1939 proved financially ruinous due to the outbreak of war and the subsequent closure of most theatres. His slight acquaintance Evelyn Waugh advised him against such an investment. His reply was reported to be the sardonic “War is good for business, don't you know!”

He was married three times:

By his second marriage he had one son (died at birth) and one adopted daughter (born 1935); by his third marriage he had one son (born 1946) and a daughter. He also had an illegitimate daughter (born 1956) from a subsequent relationship.

He died from myelofibrosis in London, aged 57.

Selected theatre performances[edit]

  • Little Nellie Kelly (London production) - 1923 ... as Sidney Potter
  • Mercenary Mary - 1925 ... as Jerry Warner
  • One Dam Thing After Another (revue) - 1927
  • This Year of Grace (revue) - 1928
  • Wake Up and Dream (revue) - 1929
  • Ever Green - 1930 ... as Tommy Thompson
  • Hold My Hand - 1931 ... as Pop Curry
  • Come Out to Play (revue) - 1940
  • Maid of the Mountains - 1942 ... as Tonio
  • One, Two, Three (revue) - 1947
  • The Perfect Woman - 1948 ... as Freddie Cavendish
  • Rainbow Square - 1951 ... as Peppi
  • Lady Be Good - 1955
  • The French Mistress - 1959 ... as John Crawley

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Director[edit]

References[edit]

  • "Oxford Companion to Popular Music" by Peter Grimmond - Publisher OUP 1991 - ISBN 0-19-280004-3
  • "Who Was Who in the Theatre: 1912–1976", Vol. 2 D–H - Publisher Pitman London - ISBN 0-8103-0406-6

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