Views & Reviews In and Out of Hospital

Intimate partner violence: Marie Lloyd’s bruises

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 09 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2998
  1. James Owen Drife, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. J.O.Drife{at}

    I’ve just watched a one woman play about Marie Lloyd, the music hall entertainer. She was born in 1870 in London’s east end, and her real name was Victoria Wood. Coached by her father, she made a stunning debut aged 14, when she silenced audiences by flirting with the men. Two years later she was earning the huge sum of £100 a week.

    For a modern audience her story is uncomfortable as well as inspiring. It is disturbing …

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