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Doris Breamer Hare, MBE (1 March 1905 – 30 May 2000) was a Welsh actress, singer, dancer and comedienne, she is best known for being the second actress to portray Mrs Mabel "Mum" Butler in the British sitcom On the Buses after replacing original actress Cicely Courtneidge.
Doris Breamer Hare
1 March 1905
|Died||30 May 2000 (aged 95)|
Northwood, London, England, UK
|Years active||Career 1908–1994, film 1934–1994|
|Spouse(s)||John Alexander Fraser Roberts (m. 1941–73, divorced)|
|Relatives||Kate Hare (mother)|
Bertie Hare (brother)
Betty Hare (sister)
Winifred Hare (sister)
Hare was born in Bargoed, Glamorgan, Wales. Her 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. One of five, her brother, Bertie Hare and her sisters Betty Hare and Winifred Hare Braemer were also actors and performers
In 1930, the actress toured in The Show's the Thing, taking the part previously performed by Gracie Fields. In 1932 she appeared in the West End in Noël Coward's show Words and Music, alongside John Mills. In 1936, she made her Broadway debut in Night Must Fall. During the war she joined Evelyn Laye to put on a revue for the troops and compered Shipmate's Ashore on the BBC Forces Programme for the Merchant Navy, earning her the MBE in 1946.
In 1958, she created the role of Grannie Tooke in the original production of Sandy Wilson's musical version of Valmouth at the Lyric Hammersmith. She also performed on the recording of this production made by Pye Records in 1959, where she duetted with Cleo Laine, who was standing in for Bertice Reading. In 1982, when this musical was revived by John Dexter at Chichester Festival Theatre, Doris Hare, Bertice Reading, Fenella Fielding and Marcia Ashton all played the roles they had played in the original production.
She was offered the role of Ena Sharples an original in serial Coronation Street in 1960, she turned the role down and instead it was given to Violet Carson, Hare did however play a smaller role in the series in 1969 as Alice Pickens, who was due to marry Albert Tatlock, but the wedding never took place.
That same year Hare came to national attention in the role of Mrs Butler in On the Buses, taking over the part from Cicely Courtneidge in the second series of the ITV comedy. The series ran until 1973 and spawned three spin-off films On the Buses (1971), Mutiny on the Buses (1972) and Holiday on the Buses (1973) in which Hare recreated her small-screen role. The cast also performed a stage version of the series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 1988.
|1938||Luck of the Navy||Mrs. Maybridge|
|1939||She Couldn't Say No||Amelia Reeves|
|1948||It's Hard to Be Good||Minor Role||Uncredited|
|1948||Here Come the Huggetts||Mrs. Fisher|
|1949||The History of Mr. Polly||May Pant|
|1953||Thought to Kill||Agnes|
|1955||Tiger by the Tail||Nurse Brady, hospital property clerk|
|1958||Another Time, Another Place||Mrs. Bunker|
|1960||The League of Gentlemen||Molly Weaver|
|1964||A Place to Go||Lil Flint|
|1969–1973||On the Buses||Mabel "Mum" Butler||67 episodes|
|1971||On the Buses|
|1972||Mutiny on the Buses|
|1973||Holiday on the Buses|
|1975||Confessions of a Pop Performer||Mrs. Lea|
|1976||Confessions of a Driving Instructor|
|1977||Confessions from a Holiday Camp|
|1980||Why Didn't They Ask Evans?||Rose Pratt||TV movie|
|1986||Never the Twain|
|1990||Nuns on the Run||Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart|
|1994||Second Best||Mrs. Hawkins||(final film role)|