Norma Whalley

Norma Whalley (? – 1954) was an Australian theatre and film actress active in the United States and Britain.[1][2][3]

Norma Whalley
Other namesLady Clarke
Spouse(s)Charles Verner
James Sheridan Mathews
Percival Clarke
Parent(s)Henry Whalley
Mary Rayson


Whalley was the daughter of Henry Octavius Whalley, a doctor working in Sydney, Australia.[4]

During the late 1890s she toured South Africa, meeting Paul Kruger, president of the Transvaal Republic soon after the Jameson Raid.[5]

In 1901 she was married to J. Sherrie Matthews,[6] an American vaudeville performer, who since mid-1900 had been prevented from working due to ill health,[7] and by 1902 was permanently disabled after a stroke of paralysis.[8]

In 1904 she divorced Matthews to marry barrister Percival Clarke (1872-1936), later Sir Percival,[9] son of Sir Edward George Clarke.[1][4][10]

Acting career


Whalley was brought to the United States for a production by George Edwardes.

She worked in the Chicago and New York for several years from the late 1890s. Whalley appeared in the Broadway production of The Man in the Moon between April and November 1899.[11][12]

Selected filmography


  1. "Norma Whalley Weds". The Evening Telegraph. 6 August 1904. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  2. "WHALLEY, Norma". BFI Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  3. "Miss Normah i.e. Norma Whalley picture / Johnston & Hoffmann". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  4. "Sir Percival Clarke Dead". Courier-Mail. 7 October 1936. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  5. "Thinks Kruger's Manners Bad – Norma Whalley, a Vaudeville Actress Tells of Her Experiences in South Africa". Chicago Daily Tribune. 30 December 1899. Miss Whalley was introduced to President Kruger...She was in Johannesburg just after the Jameson Raid
  6. "Sherrie Matthews A Benedict". Toledo Bee. 7 April 1901. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  7. "Benefit for J. Sherrie Matthews" (PDF). The New York Times. 19 May 1901. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  8. "Benefit for J. S. Mathews" (PDF). The New York Times. 1 June 1902. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  9. "Supplement to the London Gazette" (PDF). 1 January 1931. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  10. "NOTES". The Queenslander. Brisbane. 8 October 1904. p. 26. Retrieved 21 June 2011 via National Library of Australia.
  11. "Norma Whalley Theatre Credits". Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  12. "Norma Whalley". Retrieved 21 June 2011.

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