Kitty McShane (Kathleen McShane)

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Dublin, Ireland
Kathleen McShane was only 15, but must have been mature for her age, when she met and married Arthur Lucan, 26-year-old English comedian on tour in Ireland, in 1913. The act of Lucan and McShane was a music hall favorite for nearly 40 years. They gradually evolved the stage characters of Old Mother Riley (Lucan in drag) and her attractive daughter Kitty, whose flighty, wayward ways occasioned many of Mother's hilarious tirades. Kitty appeared in 14 of the 15 low-budget but popular Old Mother Riley films made from 1937-1952. Read more...