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Also Known As: Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft, Dame Peggy Ashcroft Died: June 14, 1991
Born: December 22, 1907 Cause of Death: stroke
Birth Place: Croydon, England, GB Profession: actor

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Peggy Ashcroft was a leading light of London's West End and widely considered one of the century's greatest British stage actresses. Her most famous early role was as Desdemona opposite Paul Robeson's Othello in the early 1940s and her first film was the British Gaumont production "The Wandering Jew" (1933). She was especially memorable as the quiet, emotionally suffocating village wife who briefly shelters the on-the-lam Robert Donat in Alfred Hitchcock's classic "The Thirty Nine Steps" (1935). Along with frequent costar John Gielgud, Ashcroft's leading men during her 65-year career included Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave and Ralph Richardson. She enjoyed her greatest international acclaim and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her 1984 role in David Lean's film adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel "A Passage to India" and subsequently won renown for the TV miniseries "The Jewel in the Crown" (1984-85).

Peggy Ashcroft was a leading light of London's West End and widely considered one of the century's greatest British stage actresses. Her most famous early role was as Desdemona opposite Paul Robeson's Othello in the early 1940s and her first film was the British Gaumont production "The Wandering Jew" (1933). She was especially memorable as the quiet, emotionally suffocating village wife who briefly shelters the on-the-lam Robert Donat in Alfred Hitchcock's classic "The Thirty Nine Steps" (1935). Along with frequent costar John Gielgud, Ashcroft's leading men during her 65-year career included Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave and Ralph Richardson. She enjoyed her greatest international acclaim and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her 1984 role in David Lean's film adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel "A Passage to India" and subsequently won renown for the TV miniseries "The Jewel in the Crown" (1984-85).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 She's Been Away (1990) Lillian Huckle
2.
 Madame Sousatzka (1988) Lady Emily
3.
 When the Wind Blows (1986) Voice Of Hilda Bloggs
4.
 A Passage to India (1984) Mrs Moore
5.
 Caught on a Train (1980) Frau Messner
7.
 Pedestrian, The (1974) Lady Gray
8.
 Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) Mrs. Greville
9.
 3 Into 2 Won't Go (1969) Belle
10.
 Tell Me Lies (1968)
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Milestones close milestones

1926:
Stage debut in "Dear Brutus" at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
1927:
London stage debut in "One Day More"
1933:
Film acting debut in "The Wandering Jew"
1937:
Broadway stage debut in "High Tor"
1959:
TV debut in "Shadow of Heroes"
1962:
First British actress to have a theater named after her while still alive--the Ashcroft, in her home town of Croydon
1984:
Received career boost and widest exposure in years with her acclaimed role in the David Lean film, "A Passage to India"
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Education

Woodford School: -
Central School of Speech and Drama: London , England -

Notes

She was named a Dame of the British Empire in 1956.

She became a director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1968.

Awarded the King's Medal by King Haakon of Norway for her role in a production of Henrik Ibsen's play "Hedda Gabler"

Received the Honorary DLitt from Oxon (1961), Leicester (1964) and from London Universities (1965)

A theater in her hometown of Croyden was named in her honor.

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husband:
Rupert Charles Hart-Davis. Publisher. Married December 23, 1929; divorced in 1931.
husband:
Theodore Komisarjevsky. Director, actor, producer. Married in November 1934; divorced on June 15, 1937.
husband:
Jeremy Nicholas Hutchinson. Lawyer. Married on September 14, 1940; divorced in December 1965.

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father:
William Worsley Ashcroft. Estate appraiser. Killed in WWI when daughter was 10.
mother:
Violetta Maud Ashcroft. Died when daughter was 18.
brother:
Edward Ashcroft. Only close relative of the actor.
daughter:
Eliza Hutchinson. Born in 1941; father, Jeremy Hutchinson.
son:
Nicholas Hutchinson. Director. Born in 1945; father, Jeremy Hutchinson.
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