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Also Known As: Dame Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies Died: January 27, 1992
Born: January 25, 1891 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, singer

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Legendary figure of the English stage and, in the words of The New York Times, "a last link with the world of Victorian theater". Ffrangcon-Davies' career spanned 80 years, from a walk-on part in a 1911 performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to an appearance in the 1992 Sherlock Holmes TV-movie "The Master Blackmailer". She was hailed as the finest Juliet of her generation for her 1924 portrayal opposite the 19-year-old John Gielgud. Ffrangcon-Davies retired from the stage in 1970 but continued to work in radio and TV until the end of her life. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1991 after much campaigning by senior theatrical figures. At age 100, she was the oldest person to be so honored.

Legendary figure of the English stage and, in the words of The New York Times, "a last link with the world of Victorian theater". Ffrangcon-Davies' career spanned 80 years, from a walk-on part in a 1911 performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to an appearance in the 1992 Sherlock Holmes TV-movie "The Master Blackmailer". She was hailed as the finest Juliet of her generation for her 1924 portrayal opposite the 19-year-old John Gielgud. Ffrangcon-Davies retired from the stage in 1970 but continued to work in radio and TV until the end of her life. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1991 after much campaigning by senior theatrical figures. At age 100, she was the oldest person to be so honored.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Leo the Last (1970) Hilda
2.
 The Devil's Bride (1968) Countess Marie D'Urfe
3.
 The Devil's Own (1966) Granny Rigg
4.
 Nine Days a Queen (1936) Mary Tudor
5.
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Milestones close milestones

1911:
English stage debut, walk-on in West End production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at age 20
:
Worked as a chorus girl in musical comedies and appeared at numerous concerts (date approximate)
:
Sang soprano lead at Glastonbury Festival
1920:
Played Etain in the Celtic folk opera "The Immortal Hour" at the Glastonbury Festival for a 206-performance run
1921:
Joined the Birmingham Rep as a leading lady
1922:
Originated the role of Eve in the world premiere of George Bernard Shaw's "Back to Methuselah"
1924:
Acclaimed for her portrayal of Juliet opposite the 19-year-old John Gielgud as Romeo in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"
1936:
Appeared as Mary Tudor in feature film "Tudor Rose"
1942:
Played opposite Gielgud as Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth"
1959:
Portrayed Mary Tyrone in O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
1963:
Broadway debut as Mrs. Candour in "The School for Scandal"
1970:
Last stage performance in Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" at London's Royal Court Theater
1970:
Appeared in John Boorman's feature, "Leo the Last"
1992:
Final appearance in "The Master Blackmailer", an English Sherlock Holmes TV movie
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Notes

She was made a dame of the British Empire (1991)

Family close complete family listing

father:
David Ffrangcon-Davies. Baritone. Welsh.
mother:
Annie Francis Ffrangcon-Davies.

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