Leslie Hutchinson ‘Hutch’


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Leslie Arthur Julien Hutchinson, known as “Hutch”, was one of the biggest cabaret stars in the world during the 1920s and 1930s. Hutch is rumoured to have had a lengthy affair in the mid-1930s with Edwina Mountbatten. The rumour scandalized the British upper classes, becoming the subject of tabloid news, and an embarrassment to Lady Mountbatten’s royal in-laws. The Mountbattens sued the tabloids for libel.  As a result of the scandal, Hutch was shunned by many of his former patrons. “After The People case, Buckingham Palace refused to have him on any Royal Command Performance bill, and Lord Beaverbrook gave orders that Hutch’s name was never to be mentioned again by any of his papers.” (Thornton).  Another of his reported mistresses was actress Tallulah Bankhead — an openly bisexual Golden Age Hollywood actress. Hutch may have been bisexual and was alleged to have had relationships with Cole Porter, Ivor Novello, and Merle Oberon. An entertainer with a hidden past and more remains strictly hidden – but a great star of the 1930s. An ink-signed ‘Hutch’ glossy vintage 4×6 with intact borders.