Talk:Michael Crawford

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"Crawford faced a brief period of unemployment."

When? This chronology here is quite confusing. Was he unemployed after 'Alice in Wonderland' but before 'Some mothers...'? It states he worked with his ex-wife. Well the divorce occurred in 1975. So how did he become unemployeable after such a successful television show? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:03, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Personal Info[edit]

As a reader, I would like to know more about Crawford's personal life - for example, is he married now (I think he is)? Where does he spend his private life? I know he owns a house in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:51, 7 October 2008 (UTC)

Removal of paragraph[edit]

I have removed the following text: "On May 24, 2006, Crawford is perfoming at the inauguration of the newly remodeled LaSalle Bank Theater (formerly known as the Shubert Theater) in Chicago, Illinois. The LaSalle was originally opened in 1906 as the Majestic Theater and renamed during the Depression to the Shubert. It has recently completed a $14 million, 18-month renovation."

Apart from the text now being out of date, it was completely unwikified. I also don't understand the notability of a single performance of his, unless it is, for example, at an Olympic Games opening ceremony. The LaSalle Bank Theatre seems reasonably notable as far as theatres go, but I don't think his performance at a reopening of it deserves a mention in this article. Graham talk 12:38, 11 July 2006 (UTC)

Removal of Sentence[edit]

I have removed the following:

"He will also participate in a special, as of yet unknown, presentation to celebrate."- This is now inaccurate as the presentation has occured, hence, the public know what it was.

Addition of Paragraph[edit]

By watching several of Michael Crawfords Videos, it can be seen that the singer/actor is left handed, this is particularly noitceable in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em when you see the character Frank Spencer writing.

That violates the policy of no original research in wikipedia; even though it is an understandable inference (and probably easy to deduce), unless a reliable source has published information saying that he is left-handed. Having said that, I don't think the fact that he is left-handed is notable enough for an encyclopedia article; it occurs in 8-15% of the population according to the left-handed article, so it's not a unique trait. Graham87 08:20, 20 September 2006 (UTC)
Yet being gay is (and I know the wordage here is wrong :-P) a trait that occurs in around the same percentage of the population, and as soon as a celebrity comes out of the closet it's chucked onto their wikipedia page...I'd say left-handedness is very much an encyclopaedic entry to his page. If you want unique traits, you can take out the fact that he won the Lawrence Olivier award because someone won it the year before him, he's not can take out the fact that he saved a crewmember, the fire bridage do that daily, you can take out that he starred in "Some mothers do 'ave 'em" because loads of people have...since when were unique traits and pieces of information a requirement for inclusion? SmUX 21:28, 25 June 2007 (UTC)
Homosexuality doesn't occur at nearly the same rate as left-handedness. Look it up. Left-handedness also doesn't affect most people as much as homosexuality does, so it doesn't really need to be included. This is a bad analogy.
We can refer to a left-handed homosexual for the exact analogy between these two traits. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 14:10:20, August 19, 2007 (UTC)

Question about citing Sources[edit]

I'm still not quite sure how to use Wikipedia fully, but I would like to know how to site sources for the various paragraphs mentioned? I have found the sources for "Michael writing a column in the guise of his character Byron" and as to his relationship with his ex-wife Gabrielle. Could someone please help me to set up the proof for these statements? Thank you. EmilyGreene1984 01:57, 2 September 2007 (UTC)

The easiest way is to put your source between <ref> and </ref> statements then it will come up as a footnote. A "==References==" section will also have to be created with {{reflist}} in it so the footnotes can come up. For more details see Wikipedia:Footnotes. You can optionally use citation templates if you need help with formatting the reference.
Also you probably accidentally removed some comments in your last edit. To avoid that, you can use the "+" link next to the edit link on talk pages to add a new comment. You can sign your comments automatically by typing four tildes like this: "~~~~". Graham87 08:44, 2 September 2007 (UTC)

Brixton Town Hall?[edit]

Surely this phrase is in error; Brixton is not, and as far as I know never has been, a borough; it's one of the districts of the London Borough of Lambeth. The place in question has always, within my memory at least, been called "Lambeth Town Hall". -- (talk) 13:43, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

I realize this comment is old, but before someone goes and changes the phrase in the article, the building is known by both names - Brixton Town Hall and Lambeth Town Hall. (, —D'Ranged 1 talk 07:24, 28 December 2009 (UTC)

Illness, + move to NZ[edit]

Daily mail just published an interview w Michael Crawford talking about his illness and move to NZ . This was also mentioned in another Daily Mail article which coincided w his role in the Wizard of Oz.

Perhaps start a personal section that mentions his marriage, illness, living in NZ. Or should wait for another source before doing so? So far articles are referring to the dailymail interview. Linnah (talk) 14:23, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

filmography and discography: wall-e[edit]

Seriously? excerpts from hello dolly? perhaps appropriate for a pub quiz, but hardly notable. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:56, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

Lead paragraph[edit]

Wouldn't you say he is by far more well known for playing the Phantom then from that TV show? Wouldn't it make sense to switch that in the lead?

"Michael Crawford is best known for originating the title role in The Phantom of the Opera as well as playing the hapless Frank Spencer in the popular 1970s British sitcom, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em."

Or is it just a timeline thing.Zdawg1029 (talk) 18:23, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

Certainly not "by far more well known" - the sitcom (believe it or not) is still what most British (and Australian) people would think of first when they hear his name. Given we are going to mention those two things in the lead (and appropriately, as between them they cover two very different aspects of his work) then I think the chronological factor (as you hint yourself) is the clincher. The other way around sounds a little strange, as he was already a household name before "Phantom". --Soundofmusicals (talk) 19:50, 7 December 2013 (UTC)
Well if that is the way you want to keep it then it doesn't matter, thought I'd at least bring it up, I mean I still like my sentence better and don't think it sounds strange at all, but it doesn't matter.Zdawg1029 (talk) 16:19, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
"Some mothers" never took off in America (it wouldn't have, the humour is very British) - so your comment was quite natural. Still, we don't go framing American showbiz biographies around what went down well in Britain or Australia, either. And as you say - there are lots of things more worth arguing over. --Soundofmusicals (talk) 21:08, 11 December 2013 (UTC)


Flowers for Algernon was most certainly NOT one of Crawford's major commercial successes - but then it was not really "that kind of show". I have deleted the "ill-fated" label anyway - the impression given is of a major production that failed badly, which is not the case. I agonised a good deal over another descriptive word or phrase to replace "ill-fated" - finally coming to the conclusion that we don't really need one. We have a link to the article for the musical itself if anyone wants further information at this point. --Soundofmusicals (talk) 01:47, 4 April 2017 (UTC)