Olive Turner as Elsie Maynard in The Yeomen of the Guard

Olive Turner (1911-13)

[Born 1890]

Olive Turner toured with the D'Oyly Carte Repertory Opera Company as principal soprano for nearly two seasons beginning in August 1911, having been brought in as a replacement for Clara Dow. Her roles were Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Patience in Patience, Phyllis in Iolanthe, Princess Ida in Princess Ida, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Elsie Maynard in The Yeomen of the Guard, and Gianetta in The Gondoliers. Miss Turner left the D'Oyly Carte in June 1913 and was replaced by Miss Dow who returned at the start of the following season.

Her only appearance on the London Stage appears to have been as Danese in a single matinee performance of an operetta called Mountain Lovers (Queen's Theatre, October 29, 1920). She later wrote lyrics for a musical comedy, Daphne, performed in the British provinces from June 1930 to January 1931. She is also credited as "composer" (one of several) of stock music for two films--Crow Hollow (1952) and Night of the Silvery Moon (1954).

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