Zena Dell

Zena Remembered - Issue 14 . Winter 2003

Brighton Ourstory project volunteer, Elaine, has been cataloguing the Zena Dell collection. Zena spent her life on the stage, appearing, for example in the chorus of Cochran’s 1936 Revue and later as principal boy in pantomime round the country.

Elaine is pictured here with a 1951 photograph of Zena as Aladdin with co-star Gloria Day. Zena was married three times but found love in later life with Bubbles Ashdown. They lived together for 23 years at 24, Frederick Gardens, Brighton. Zena died in1991 at the age of 75.


Volunteer Elaine
with a fifties picture of Zena

Zena Dell
1930s publicity shot


Bubbles with Zena during the long illness
which kept her bed-bound in her last years

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