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Decima Moore

Singer and actress

Died when: 92 years 69 days (1106 months)
Star Sign: Sagittarius


Decima Moore

Lilian Decima, Lady Moore-Guggisberg, CBE (11 December 1871 – 18 February 1964), better known by her stage name Decima Moore, was an English singer and actress, known for her performances in soprano roles with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company and in musical comedies.

She was the youngest of ten siblings (hence, the name "Decima").Her sister, actress Eva Moore, was the mother of actress Jill Esmond, the first wife of Laurence Olivier.

Moore made her stage debut starring as Casilda in the Gilbert and Sullivan hit, The Gondoliers, in 1889 at the age of 17 and stayed with the company for two years.

She then starred in a variety of West End theatre plays and musical pieces over the next two years, joining the George Edwardes company to create the ingénue role of Rose Brierly in the hit Edwardian musical comedy A Gaiety Girl in 1893.

After touring with Edwardes's company in musicals, she returned to England and light opera later playing the role of Scent of Lilies in The Rose of Persia (1899) and starring in Florodora (1900–01) and My Lady Molly (1903), among other West End shows.

In 1905, Moore married Major (later Brigadier General) Sir Frederick Gordon Guggisberg, moving with him to West Africa.Over the next decade, she frequently returned to England and also toured, mostly in legitimate theatre, as well as singing in concerts.

In 1908, she was one of the founding members of the Actresses' Franchise League and became very active in the suffrage movement.

Her last London stage appearance was in 1914.During World War I, Moore worked in France on behalf of British soldiers.

In 1918 she was honoured with the CBE for her services to her country.Moore was active in charity work during her long retirement.

She was the last surviving original creator of a Gilbert and Sullivan role.

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