|Born||Violet Mary Tipton
26 July 1886
Kentish Town, London
|Died||18 July 1956
Newcastle upon Tyne
|Spouse(s)||Edward Raylton Joicey MC 1921|
Her rise to fame came in April 1916 at the Alhambra Theatre in the musical/revue The Bing Boys Are Here. She was given the leading female part, Emma, opposite George Robey playing Lucius Bing. It became one of the most popular musicals of the World War I era.
Her duet with Robey "If You Were the Only Girl (in the World)" became a "signature song" of the era and endured as a pop standard.
She retired from the stage on her marriage on 22 September 1921 to Edward Raylton Joicey MC (1890–1955) and they had two sons, John and Richard. She returned to acting for the screen, appearing in Britannia of Billingsgate 1933, a musical based on the play of the same name by Christine Jope-Slade and Sewell Stokes, followed by Road House in 1934.
Research by the Kipling Society suggests that she was the thinly-disguised music-hall singer upon whom Kipling modelled his character of "Vidal ("Dal") Bezanguen" in the humorous story "The Village That Voted The Earth Was Flat.
- W. A. Darlington, "Loraine, Violet (1886–1956)", rev. K. D. Reynolds, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 5 July 2006
- Britannia of Billingsgate, a comedy in four acts, by Christine Jope-Slade and Sewell Stokes, Samuel French Ltd: London 1931.
- There is a public-domain postcard picture available at http://www.kipling.org.uk/rg_villagevoted_notes.htm
- "If You Were the Only Girl (in the World)" sung by Loraine and Robey (mp3)
- Britannia of Billingsgate (1933) at the Internet Movie Database