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Sadie Corré

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Sadie Corré 31 May 1918 – 26 August 2009 was an English actress, tap dancer, comic performer and leading pantomime cat She was sometimes credited as Sadie Corrie


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 Pantomime cat
  • 3 Later years
  • 4 Selected filmography
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early years

Her parents were Abraham and Kate Corré, who owned the Carlton Tavern public house Her father died in 1919 and her mother continued to run the pub alone until she married William Bundle in August 1922 From this union Sadie gained a half brother, Edward, and two half sisters, Joan and Alma Under medical advice Sadie was given huge numbers of over-ripe bananas to eat as this was considered to be the cure at that time for her lack of height It did not work, however, and Sadie never ate bananas again

Corré was educated and trained at the Italia Conti stage school, where a classmate was Dinah Sheridan Her first stage appearance was aged 7 at the Palace Pier in Brighton and her first professional role was aged 12 as Trouble in Madame Butterfly at the Streatham Hill Theatre

Her next appearance was in Where the Rainbow Ends at the Holborn Empire Corré's film roles at that time included juvenile parts with Marlene Dietrich and Richard Tauber After Holborn she appeared in Noël Coward's Cavalcade in 1931 for 11 months at the Theatre Royal in London's Drury Lane Her next stage work was for the producer and manager Charles B Cochran during 1935 and 1936 at the Adelphi Theatre in Follow the Sun with Vic Oliver

Corré's break came in 1937 when she was invited by Hughie Green to join his touring concert party "Hughie Green and his Gang" With a cast entirely made up of children, the company toured until the outbreak of World War II in 1939 Corré later appeared on the same bill as Max Miller, Robb Wilton and Wee Georgie Wood During 1939 and 1940 she toured as Michael in Peter Pan and spent the rest of the war touring the country with ENSA, entertaining the troops In 1947, while she was appearing at the Gateshead Empire, Hughie Green invited her to join his new roadshow Opportunity Knocks

Pantomime cat

In 1948 Corré met the pantomime dame Clarkson Rose who put her in his pantomime Goody Two-Shoes at the King's Theatre in Hammersmith She played a four-month season in 1960–61 at the London Palladium with Norman Wisdom in Turn Again, Whittington as the Cat Over the next twenty years Corré was a regular pantomime cat, appearing with, among others, Arthur Askey, Eddie Gray, Dana, Spike Milligan, Joe Brown, Tommy Cooper, Norman Vaughan and Jess Conrad She appeared in two award-winning television documentaries – Lord Snowdon's Born to Be Small in 1971, about people of restricted growth, and The Skin Game in 1970, an edition of LWT's arts magazine series Aquarius that examined pantomime animal traditions

Later years

Her last stage appearance was with Keith Harris when she played Cuddles at the 1984 Royal Command Performance Arthritis forced her to retire and her cat costume was donated to London's Theatre Museum Corré was a Past Officer of the Grand Order of Lady Ratlings and had also sat on the Board of the Variety Artists' Federation

Corré appeared as a Transylvanian in the cult film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show as well as an Ewok in Return of the Jedi

Selected filmography

  • Funny Bones 1995 – Poodle Woman
  • Caravaggio 1986 – Princess Collona
  • Return of the Jedi 1983; as Sadie Corrie – Ewok Warrior
  • The Dark Crystal 1982; as Sadie Corrie – Slave Master
  • Wombling Free 1977 – Womble, Madame Cholet
  • The Old Curiosity Shop 1975; uncredited – Midget
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 – The smallest Transylvanian
  • Bright's Boffins TV series; 1970 – Oswald unknown number of episodes
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968
  • Devil Doll 1964; uncredited – Hugo, the Dummy


  1. ^ http://deadpubscouk/LondonPubs/Camberwell/CarltonTavernshtml
  2. ^ a b c d e Obituary in The Times 6 October 2009
  3. ^ Obituary in The Guardian

External links

  • Sadie Corré on IMDb
  • Obituary in The Times 6 October 2009
  • Obituary in The Guardian 17 September 2009
  • Obituary in The Stage 28 August 2009

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