Sadie Corré

Sadie Corré (born 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. 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 considered to be the cure at that time for her lack of height. Needless to say it didn't work 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.


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