left and future husband Georges in the Mongadors
with one of the Mongadors
— The Juggler
PLACE FOR ANNE
Liverpool born show business star and heroine of the French Resistance
has been buried at her adopted home in France. Anne Dunne was
born in 1908 and raised in Litherland with her four brothers and
sisters. Members of her family still live on Merseyside.
She recently died aged 91 and was, as she had always wanted, buried
Her sister-in-law also called Anne Dunne, lives in Netherton.
She said: " She was an amazing woman. She travelled all over
the world and really had quite a life. She was very brave during
the war and the family is very proud of her and her achievements."
Anne led a remarkable life after following her Tiller Girl mother
into the world of showbusiness. While performing at Blackpool
Tower in 1926, she met her future husband, Georges Chambeyron,
a member of a juggling family the Mongadors. With the family she
performed in shows at glamorous venues like the Winter Gardens
in Berlin and the New York Palace.
They were performing in Copenhagen in 1939 when the war broke
out. From their home in Aurillac they set up their own resistance
movement, when France was occupied by the Germans.
Their dedication resulted in official recognition by the British
After the death of her husband in 1959, Anne eventually moved
back to England and made her home in London, where she became
involved in the showbusiness charity the "Lady Ratlings."