Ethel Lang was born in Sydney in 1902. Lang performed on stage at the age of seven, when she took over the part of Napoleon’s son in The Royal Divorce. By the start of the First World War, Lang was busy performing in school plays and concerts.
In 1923 she married James Brunton Gibb, who served in the war and had become a member of a celebrated musical group called the Anzac Coves. On his return from the war he became an actor and a teacher of speech. He and Ethel appeared together in concert, recital and dramatic work.
Ethel Lang played leading ladies for ABC radio all through the 1930s, including: Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and the leading role of Jane Marryot in Noël Coward’s Cavalcade. She also worked extensively with 2SM and 2GB.