TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (1)
|Also Known As:||Died:||September 11, 1994|
|Born:||June 7, 1909||Cause of Death:||ovarian cancer|
|Birth Place:||London, England, GB||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Joined the Birmingham Repertory Company
Made British stage debut in a small Soho theater, as Sara Manderson in "The Manderson Girls"
London stage debut in "The Rumor"
Broadway debut in "The Matriarch," Longacre Theatre
Played breakthrough role of Manuela in a production of Christa Winsloe's play, "Children in Uniform"
British film debut in "The Indiscretions of Eve"
Played Ophelia opposite John Gielgud in the title role of a British production of "Hamlet"
Played Viola in a production of "Twelfth Night" staged by Tyrone Guthrie at the Old Vic
Played a leading role in one of her last British films, "Murder in the Family"
Returned to the Old Vic to play Cordelia in a production of "King Lear" with John Gielgud in the title role
Decided to move to America with WWII impending and her marriage to actor Jack Hawkins ending; left England with daughter Susan but was only allowed to take ten pounds out of the country; found it difficult to find work acting for a time; considered giving up career
Met Hume Cronyn when she returned to NY stage in "Jupiter Laughs" with Alexander Knox
Made US film debut in support of Spencer Tracy in "The Seventh Cross"; also marked first feature film in which she acted with husband Hume Cronyn
Starred in Tennessee Williams's "Portrait of a Madonna" at the Los Angeles Actors' Workshop (staged by Hume Cronyn) as almost an audition for "Streetcar" while Elia Kazan was in Hollywood directing "Gentlemen's Agreement"
Originated role of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams's "A Streetcar Named Desire"
US TV debut in "Portrait of a Madonna"
First acted opposite Hume Cronyn onstage, "The Fourposter"
Last feature film for seven years, "The Desert Fox"; played Frau Rommel opposite James Mason as German WWII field marshall Rommel
Starred as Liz Marriott on own US TV series (opposite Hume Cronyn), "The Marriage", a short-lived comedy-drama which aired on NBC
First feature film in seven years, "The Light in the Forest"
Last feature film for 11 years, "The Birds", directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Had an operation to remove double cataracts
First feature film in 11 years, "Butley", starring Alan Bates
First feature film role opposite Hume Cronyn in 35 years, "Honky Tonk Freeway"; was also first film she made since "Butley"
Starred in a NY stage revival of Tennessee Williams's "The Glass Menagerie"
Returned to TV for the first time in over two decades to reprise her Tony-winning stage performance (opposite Hume Cronyn) in a PBS presentation of "The Gin Game"
Collapsed onstage during a performance of "Foxfire" in Los Angeles due to a cardiovascular problem
Last stage work, "The Petition", opposite Hume Cronyn
Won Best Actress Oscar for her crusty Southern matron in "Driving Miss Daisy"
Began battle against ovarian cancer
Underwent major surgery for her cancer
Last film released during her lifetime, "Used People"
Completed work on two features, "Camilla" (her last film with Cronyn) and "Nobody's Fool", released posthumously
Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.Click here to contribute