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Also Known As: Marie-Madeleine Bernadette O'Carroll Died: October 2, 1987
Born: February 26, 1906 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Staffordshire, England, GB Profession: actor, hat model, French teacher

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Nicknamed The Queen of British Cinema, lovely Madeleine Carroll possessed the sort of splendor and poise that one would readily identify with royalty. An excellent student, Carroll could have pursued any number of vocations or higher forms of learning, but exposure to the University of Birmingham's drama society created a love for acting that eventually earned her roles in West End stage productions. Motion pictures soon followed and with her remarkable screen presence and convincing performances, Carroll quickly rose up the ranks to become an A-list talent. A pair of early Alfred Hitchcock films, "The 39 Steps" (1935) and "Secret Agent" (1936), further cemented her popularity and confirmed Carroll as an archetypal blonde Hitchcock heroine. Offers soon came from Hollywood, where she quickly found additional fame in "The General Died at Dawn" (1936) and, most famously, "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1937). Her extraordinary rise proved so lucrative, Carroll was the world's highest paid actress for a short time. Following such movies as "North West Mounted Police" (1940) and "My Favorite Blonde" (1942), she stepped away from moviemaking to help in the overseas war effort. While she acted periodically after...

Nicknamed The Queen of British Cinema, lovely Madeleine Carroll possessed the sort of splendor and poise that one would readily identify with royalty. An excellent student, Carroll could have pursued any number of vocations or higher forms of learning, but exposure to the University of Birmingham's drama society created a love for acting that eventually earned her roles in West End stage productions. Motion pictures soon followed and with her remarkable screen presence and convincing performances, Carroll quickly rose up the ranks to become an A-list talent. A pair of early Alfred Hitchcock films, "The 39 Steps" (1935) and "Secret Agent" (1936), further cemented her popularity and confirmed Carroll as an archetypal blonde Hitchcock heroine. Offers soon came from Hollywood, where she quickly found additional fame in "The General Died at Dawn" (1936) and, most famously, "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1937). Her extraordinary rise proved so lucrative, Carroll was the world's highest paid actress for a short time. Following such movies as "North West Mounted Police" (1940) and "My Favorite Blonde" (1942), she stepped away from moviemaking to help in the overseas war effort. While she acted periodically after World War II, Carroll was mostly content to let her career wind down. One of the great beauties of early sound cinema, Carroll's innate intelligence and sophistication was communicated exquisitely in her portrayals and added an extra level of interest to even her lesser outings.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Fan (1949) Mrs. Erlynne
2.
 An Innocent Affair (1948) Paula Doane
3.
 High Fury (1947)
4.
 My Favorite Blonde (1942) Karen Bentley
5.
 One Night in Lisbon (1941) Leonora Perrycoste
6.
 Virginia (1941) Charlotte Dunterry
7.
 Bahama Passage (1941) Carol [Delbridge]
8.
 North West Mounted Police (1940) April Logan
9.
 My Son, My Son! (1940) Livia Vaynol
10.
 Safari (1940) Linda Stewart
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1927:
Gave up teaching for acting career
1927:
Stage debut in "The Lash" in New Brighton
1928:
Film acting debut in "The Guns of Loos"
1934:
US film debut in John Ford's "The World Moves On"
1936:
Signed to 20th Century Fox contract
:
Active in Allied Relief Fund, United Seamen's Service and the American Red Cross during WWII; rgave up career to return to London where sister was killed in blitz
1948:
Appeared on NY stage in "Goodbye My Fancy"
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Education

Birmingham University: -

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husband:
Captain Philip Astley. Divorced.
husband:
Sterling Hayden. Actor. Married in 1942; divorced in 1946.
husband:
Henri Lavorel. Producer. Married in 1946; divorced in 1949.
husband:
Andrew Heiskell. Magazine publisher. Published LIFE; married in 1950; divorced in 1965.
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Madeleine's birth cert confirms her birth name was EDITH MADELEINE CARROLL.

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