Doris Hare

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Doris Hare MBE (1 March 1905 – 30 May 2000) was a Welsh actress, best known for her appearances as "Mum" in the popular sitcom On the Buses alongside Reg Varney and Stephen Lewis.

Born in Bargoed, Glamorgan, Hare's parents had a portable theatre in South Wales and it seemed inevitable that she would become a part of it, making her debut at the age of three in Current Cash and appearing in juvenile troupes all over Britain as a child, before going solo as 'Little Doris Hare'.

Appearing in music hall, variety, cabaret revues and pantomimes, Hare also acted in plays by George Bernard Shaw, Noel Coward, Alan Bennett, Pinero and Harold Pinter. In 1930, the actress toured in The Show's the Thing, taking the part made famous by Gracie Fields. Hare was also on radio during the early days of the BBC at Savoy Hill and was hostess of Shipmates Ashore, the BBC's programme for the Merchant Navy, earning her an MBE in 1941.

In October 1932, she made her (apparently) only recording session in London; "Three White Feathers" b/w "The Old Man of the Mountain" issued on Zonophone (6265).

In the 1960s she spent a year with the National Theatre, three years with the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed with the Chichester Festival Theatre company for several seasons.

Doris Hare made her screen debut in the classic Night Mail film of 1936. She became best known as a comedy actress, and appeared in films like The History of Mr. Polly (1949) and popular TV programmes...
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