Stan (Jefferson) Laurel

Arthur Stanley (Jefferson) Laurel (1890 - 1965)

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Arthur Stanley (Stan) Laurel formerly Jefferson
Born in Ulverston, Lancashire, Englandmap
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Categories: Notables | Famous Actors of the 20th Century | Comedians | Screenwriters | Directors | Academy Award Winners of the 20th Century | Hollywood Walk of Fame | This Day In History June 16 | This Day In History February 23 | Ulverston, Lancashire.

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Biography

Stan Laurel, was an English comic actor, writer and film director, most famous as Laurel of the comedy act Laurel and Hardy. He was born in his grandparents' house on 16 June 1890 at 3 Argyle Street, Ulverston, Lancashire (now Cumbria), England. His parents, Arthur and Margaret "Madge" (Metcalfe) Jefferson, were both active in the theater. He had three brothers and one sister. Following in his parents' footsteps Laurel gave his first professional performance on stage at the Panopticon in Glasgow, Scotland under the name of Stan Jefferson.

During these early years of his career, he traveled with a group of actors including Charlie Chaplin, who became Stan's mentor. They traveled to the United States between 1910 and 1915. In 1919, he also met his first love, Mae Charlotte Dahlberg. While they never married, they did share a relationship that was at one time recognized as a "common law marriage". Stan's contract owner, Joe Rock, felt an intervention was necessary as he believed that Mae was ruining Stan's career. In 1925. Joe paid Mae to void this agreement and return to Australia, which she accepted and was gone from his life.

Laurel met Oliver Hardy around 1920 and they briefly worked together on a short silent film. By 1927 they had become a team producing many successful films. On 7 August 1957, Oliver Hardy died. Laurel was too ill to attend his funeral and said, "Babe would understand". People who knew Laurel said he was devastated by Hardy's death and never fully recovered from it. In 1961, Stan Laurel was given a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award for his pioneering work in comedy. He had achieved his lifelong dream as a comedian and had been involved in nearly 190 films. He lived his final years in a small flat in the Oceana Apartments in Santa Monica, California.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. In a 2005 UK poll to find The Comedians' Comedian, Laurel and Hardy ranked top among best double acts and seventh overall. In 2009, a bronze statue of the duo was unveiled in Laurel's hometown of Ulverston, Cumbria (formerly Lancashire), England.




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  • "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JQWN-X6X : accessed 3 April 2015), Arthur Jefferson, 10 Aug 1904; citing Ordsall-in-Salford, Lancashire, England, reference item 8; FHL microfilm 1,786,422.
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVPZ-66RR : accessed 3 April 2015), Stanley Laurel, 1948; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .
  • "United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCFF-7GN : accessed 3 April 2015), Stanley Laurel, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0822, sheet 13B, family 292, line 83, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 124; FHL microfilm 2,339,859.
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24JL-T9B : accessed 3 April 2015), Stan Laurel, 1932; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,756,953.
  • "California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists, 1907-1948," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZQ4-JHM : accessed 3 April 2015), Stan Laurel, 1937; citing Immigration, ship name President Taft, NARA microfilm publication M1764 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 75; FHL microfilm 1,734,679.
  • "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9HV-KB1 : accessed 3 April 2015), Stan Laurel, Councilmanic District 1, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-25, sheet 3B, family 69, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 374.
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24YY-47Q : accessed 3 April 2015), Stan Laurel, 1951; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 2,297,490.
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HML-4J4 : accessed 3 April 2015), Stan Laurel, 1952; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 2,297,742.


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