Ivy St. Helier

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Ivy Janet Aitchison (1886, Saint Helier, Jersey – 8 November 1971, London, England) better known as Ivy St. Helier was a British stage actress, composer and lyricist.[1][2]


On the stage, St. Helier played Manon la Crevette in the original production of Noël Coward's operetta Bitter Sweet (1929), a role she reprised in the 1933 film version.[3][4] She also starred in Coward's revue Words and Music.[5] As a lyricist, she wrote additional songs for The Street Singer, and for The Blue Train, the London musical by Reginald Arkell, Dion Titheradge and Robert Stolz.[6][7]


She made five films, including Laurence Olivier's Henry V (1944) and London Belongs to Me (1948).[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1933 Bitter Sweet Manon la Crevette
1938 The Singing Cop Sonia Kassona
1944 Henry V Alice
1948 London Belongs to Me Connie Coke
1955 The Gold Express Emma Merton


  1. ^ McFarlane, Brian (16 May 2016). "The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition". Oxford University Press – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Ivy St. Helier - Songs - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  3. ^ "Bitter Sweet - The Guide to Musical Theatre - Show Synopsis". www.guidetomusicaltheatre.com.
  4. ^ "Bitter Sweet (1933) - Herbert Wilcox - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  5. ^ "Production of Words and Music - Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  6. ^ Fraser-Simson, Harold; St. Helier, Ivy; Lonsdale, Frederick; Greenbank, Percy; (Firm), J. C. Williamson (16 January 2018). "The street singer : a musical play in three acts" – via Trove.
  7. ^ Slattery-Christy, David (21 January 2008). "Anything But Merry!: The life and times of Lily Elsie". Author House – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "Ivy St. Helier".

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