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Born: October 5, 1923 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pretoria, , ZA Profession: Cast ...
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1923:
Born in South Africa and carried onstage by her violinist-impresario grandmother while the family's performing company was touring there
1935:
London stage debut, as Ursula in "Buckie's Bears"
1938:
Made feature film debut in the Victor Saville directed drama "South Riding"
1943:
Starred on the London stage at age 19 in the title role of "Peter Pan"
1947:
Delivered warm turn as the sister-in-law of German war bride "Frieda," adapted from the stage play
1948:
Scored a hit as a mermaid in "Miranda," adapted by playwright Peter Blackmore from his stage play; initial screen work with David Tomlinson
1951:
First film with father Mervyn Johns, "The Magic Box"; Tomlinson was also in the cast
1952:
Broadway debut in title role of "Gertie"
1954:
Reprised her mermaid role for the "Miranda" sequel "Mad About Men"
1956:
Returned to Broadway in title role of "Major Barbara," directed by Charles Laughton
1960:
Received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her role as a hotelkeeper in "The Sundowners"; second film with her father
1962:
Acted opposite James Coburn in NBC adventure pilot "Safari," based on "The African Queen"
1963:
Starred as Glynis Granville on the CBS sitcom "Glynis"; network aired reruns during the summer of 1965
1964:
Played nutty suffragette wife of Tomlinson in "Mary Poppins"
1965:
Offered a standout turn as James Stewart's practical wife in "Dear Brigette"
1967:
Portrayed villainess Lady Penelope Peasoup on three episodes of the campy series "Batman" (ABC)
1968:
Had brief bit as screwball author in "Don't Just Stand There"
1971:
Joined the likes of Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Peter O'Toole in film version of Dylan Thomas' "Under Milkwood"
1973:
Had a major hit on Broadway in the leading role of Desiree Armfeldt in the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical, "A Little Night Music"; introduced the contemporary standard "Send in the Clowns"; received a Tony Award for her performance
1982:
U.S. TV miniseries debut, "Little Gloria...Happy at Last" (NBC)
1983:
Appeared as the mother of Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) on an episode of the NBC sitcom "Cheers"
1988:
Played featured role of Trudie Pepper on the CBS sitcom "Coming of Age"
:
Returned to Broadway in a revival of the Somerset Maugham play "The Circle," starring opposite Rex Harrison and Stewart Granger
1991:
In Los Angeles revival of "A Little Night Music," undertook role of Madame Armfeldt (originated by Hermione Gingold), the mother of the character she created in the original; Lee Remick was to have played Desiree but withdrew because of illness and was replaced by Lois Nettleton
1994:
Essayed the 'Mom from Hell' in Ted Demme's "The Ref," starring Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey and Denis Leary
1995:
Portrayed Peter Gallagher's grandmother in the romantic comedy "While You Were Sleeping," starring Sandra Bullock
1998:
Starred in Horton Foote's play "A Coffin in Egypt" as a 90-year-old grand dame reminiscing about her life on and off a Texas ranch
1999:
Played grandmother to Mary Katherine Gallagher (Molly Shannon) in "Superstar"

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