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Also Known As: Prunella Illingworth Died:
Born: June 22, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Surrey, England, GB Profession: actor, director

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A gifted comedienne, Prunella Scales is perhaps best recognized as the as the bane of husband/hotel manager Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) in the British sitcom "Fawlty Towers" (BBC, 1975 and 1979). While primarily a beloved stage actress in her native Britain, she has made intermittent, and highly effective, appearances in several TV programs and films.

A gifted comedienne, Prunella Scales is perhaps best recognized as the as the bane of husband/hotel manager Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) in the British sitcom "Fawlty Towers" (BBC, 1975 and 1979). While primarily a beloved stage actress in her native Britain, she has made intermittent, and highly effective, appearances in several TV programs and films.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mad Cows (1999) Doctor Minny Stinkler
2.
 Never Love a Thief (1998) Agnes Donen
3.
 Stiff Upper Lips (1997) Aunt Agnes Ivory
4.
5.
 Wolf (1994) Maude
6.
 Second Best (1994) Margery
7.
 Freddie as F.R.O.7 (1992) Voice S
8.
 Howard's End (1992) Aunt Juley
9.
 Chorus Of Disapproval, A (1989) Hannah Ap Llewellyn
10.
 Consuming Passions (1988) Ethel
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1951:
Professional stage debut as Cook in "Traveler Without Luggage" at Theatre Royal, Bristol
1952:
Made TV debut, "Pride and Prejudice"
1954:
London stage debut, "The Impresario From Smyrna"
1954:
Film debut, "Hobson's Choice"
1955:
Broadway debut as Ermengarde in Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker"
1962:
Co-starred with Peter Sellars in "The Waltz of the Torreadors"
1963:
Co-starred with Richard Briers in the BBC sitcom "The Marriage Lines"
1975:
First played Sybil Fawlty in the British comedy "Fawlty Towers"
1978:
Co-starred with Patricia Routledge in "Doris and Doreen", directed by Stephen Frears and written by Alan Bennett
1979:
Reprised role of Sybil Fawlty in the second series of "Fawlty Towers"
:
Played Elizabeth Mapp in the London Weekend Television series "Mapp and Lucia"; aired in USA on PBS
1987:
Had supporting role in "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne"
:
Toured the world in one-woman show "An Evening With Queen Victoria"
1992:
Played Queen Elizabeth II in the TV version of "A Question of Attribution", scripted by Alan Bennett and directed by John Schlesinger
1992:
Appeared in "Howards End"; son Samuel West had major supporting role in the film
1995:
Had featured role in Mike Newell's "An Awfully Big Adventure"
1997:
Co-starred with son Samuel West in "Stiff Upper Lips"
1999:
Appeared with husband Timothy West in London revival of Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party"
2000:
Toured England as Ranevskaya in "The Cherry Orchard"
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Education

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: -
Herbert Berghof Studio: New York , New York -

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husband:
Timothy West. Actor. Born on October 2, 1934; met in 1960 when they appeared together in the TV production "She Died Young"; married in 1963, following his divorce from his first wife; also appeared opposite Scales in 1991 London production of "Long Day's Journey Into Night" at National Theater.

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father:
John Richardson Illingworth. Traveling salesman. Sold cotton.
mother:
Catherine Illingworth.
son:
Joseph West. Teacher.
son:
Samuel West. Actor. Appeared with Scales in "Howards End".
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