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Violet Lee Kray
Original name: Violet Lee
Birth: 1910
Bethnal Green
Greater London, England
Death: Aug. 4, 1982
London
Greater London, England

Violet Kray was the mother of the notorious gangsters, Charles, Reggie, and Ronnie. She was born in Vallance Road, Bethnal Green, East London, of Irish and Jewish descent. Her father, Jimmy "Cannonball" Lee, was a well-known East End character who had been a boxer, a juggler, a poet and a street entertainer. In addition to Violet, he had two other daughters, Rose and May, and a son, John. He disapproved of Violet's marriage to Charles Kray, Snr. and, although father and daughter were reconciled after the birth of her children, he refused to speak to his son-in-law. The twins were, almost obsessively, devoted to their mother and were let out of prison to attend her burial. The cost of policing the event was estimated at 30,000. The film, in which Violet was played by Billie Whitelaw, ends with her funeral and a scene in which each twin is shown by the graveside (not filmed at the actual location) handcuffed to a prison warder. (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Charles David Kray (1906 - 1983)
 
 Children:
  Charles James Kray (1927 - 2000)*
  Reginald Kray (1933 - 2000)*
  Ronald Kray (1933 - 1995)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Cancer
 
Burial:
Chingford Mount Cemetery
Chingford
London Borough of Waltham Forest
Greater London, England
Plot: Section B8, Grave No. 70707
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
Record added: Sep 20, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6792212
Violet <i>Lee</i> Kray
Added by: Iain MacFarlaine
 
Violet <i>Lee</i> Kray
Added by: Iain MacFarlaine
 
Violet <i>Lee</i> Kray
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- Anna Taylor
 Added: Mar. 26, 2014
Hi I didn't know you, but you were a terrific mum to your boys, rest in peace with love from Mary and Lee, xxx.
- Mary
 Added: Dec. 22, 2013
RIP
- bob moore
 Added: Dec. 8, 2013
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