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Eleanor Daniels recites eisteddfod work, aged 104

A blue plaque honouring the silent-era Welsh actress Eleanor Daniels, who died at the age of 107, has been unveiled in her home town, Llanelli.

She featured in plays and silent films in America in the years after World War I, and had a later career as a vocal coach.

But her first stage successes were as a teenager in Wales where she won three National Eisteddfod chairs and, in 1930, was honoured by the Gorsedd.

At the age of 104, three years before she died in 1994, Daniels gave an interview in her home in Connecticut to the American Welsh newspaper Ninnau.

She gave interviewer Annelise Kamada a recitation of the work which won her a prize almost a century earlier.

This recording is used here with the permission of Stephen Lyons.

  • 09 Oct 2011
  • From the section Wales