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Freda Stark (March 27, 1910 – March 19, 1999)

Freda Beatrice Stark was a New Zealand dancer, and a prosecution witness after the prescription drug overdose of her lover, Thelma Mareo, in 1935.
Born: March 27, 1910, New Zealand
Died: March 19, 1999, Massey, New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand
Buried: Waikumete Cemetery & Crematorium, Glen Eden, Auckland Council, Auckland, New Zealand, Plot: 95 Row 2 Div G Anglcan
Buried alongside: Thelma Mareo
Find A Grave Memorial# 72268236

Freda Stark was a New Zealand dancer. In 1933, Stark joined Ernest Rolls' revue, and met a young dancer named Thelma Trott, and the two women fell in love. In 1934, Stark was in the chorus of the Duchess of Danitz, while Trott starred. At this time, Trott married Eric Mareo, their conductor. The relationship was cut short in 1935 when Trott took a fatal overdose of the prescription drug Veronal in unexplained circumstances, leading to Mareo being charged with her murder. During the Second World War, Freda was a famed exotic dancer at Auckland's Wintergarden cabaret and nightclub, and a favorite of American troops stationed there, where she earned the title "Fever of the Fleet." Freda Stark longed to be reunited with her long dead lover Thelma Mareo and her friends made sure that wish was granted after her death in 1999: Freda, who died at 88 in a West Auckland rest home, was cremated and her ashes were buried at the foot of Thelma's grave in Waikumete Cemetery, under the words she put there long before: “Waiting till we meet again… Freda.”

Together from 1933 to 1935: 2 years.
Freda Stark (March 27, 1910 – March 19, 1999)
Thelma Clarice Trott (1906 – April 15, 1935)

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Cemetery: Freda Stark (1910-1999) was a New Zealand dancer. In 1933, Stark joined Ernest Rolls' revue, and met a young dancer named Thelma Trott (1906-1935), and the two women fell in love. Trott married Eric Mareo. The relationship was cut short in 1935 when Trott took a fatal overdose of the prescription drug Veronal in unexplained circumstances, leading to Mareo being charged with her murder. Freda Stark longed to be reunited with her long dead lover Thelma Mareo and her friends made sure that wish was granted after her death in 1999: Freda, who died at 88 in a West Auckland rest home, was cremated and her ashes were buried at the foot of Thelma's grave in Waikumete Cemetery (4128 Great North Rd, Glen Eden, Waitakere 0602), under the words she put there long before: “Waiting till we meet again… Freda.”

Queer Places, Vol. 3.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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