Joan Greenwood


Actor
Joan Greenwood

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
March 04, 1921
Died
February 28, 1987
Cause of Death
Apparent Heart Attack

Biography

Offbeat, petite, uniquely plummy-voiced leading lady who graced several classic British comedies of the 1940s and 50s, including "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949), "The Man in the White Suit" (1951) and the screen version of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" (1952). The gifted Greenwood possessed a special blend of the aristocratic and the sultry which made her extremely us...

Photos & Videos

Tom Jones - Movie Poster
Mysterious Island (1961) - Lobby Card Set
Moonfleet - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Family & Companions

Andre Morell
Husband
Actor. Married fron 1960 until his death in 1978.

Biography

Offbeat, petite, uniquely plummy-voiced leading lady who graced several classic British comedies of the 1940s and 50s, including "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949), "The Man in the White Suit" (1951) and the screen version of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" (1952). The gifted Greenwood possessed a special blend of the aristocratic and the sultry which made her extremely useful for a time in British film; later she specialized in highly enjoyable character roles, still classy and authoritative but more eccentric than sexy, in films including "Mysterious Island" (1961) and "Tom Jones" (1963).

Life Events

Photo Collections

Tom Jones - Movie Poster
Here is a country-of-origin British Quad movie poster for Tom Jones (1963), starring Albert Finney and directed by Tony Richardson.
Mysterious Island (1961) - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Columbia's Mysterious Island (1961), featuring special effects by Ray Harryhausen. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Moonfleet - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Moonfleet (1955), starring Stewart Granger, Viveca Lindfors, and George Sanders, and directed by Fritz Lang.

Videos

Movie Clip

Mysterious Island (1961) - Listen Captain Nemo After the pirate ship sinks, Herbert and Elena (Michael Callan, Beth Rogan) rush back, then Captain Nemo (Herbert Lom) finally emerges, conversing with Spillett, Lady Mary and Captain Harding (Gary Merrill, Joan Greenwood, Michael Craig), over an hour into Mysterious Island, 1961.
Mysterious Island (1961) - Cook In A Slow Oven Spillett (Gary Merrill) is having a swim when a new Ray Harryhausen beast appears, Lady Mary and Elena (Joan Greenwood, Beth Rogan) attempt to resist, soldier Herbert (Michael Callan) finally interceding, hard times for the Civil War refugees on Jules Verne's Mysterious Island, 1961.
Man in the White Suit, The (1951) - A Bit Luminous Sidney (Alec Guinness) finishes constructing his indestructible white suit and rushes to show it off to Daphne (Joan Greenwood) in Ealing Studios The Man in the White Suit, 1951, from Roger MacDougall's play.
Man in the White Suit, The (1951) - Elastic Properties Realizing that Miss Birmley (Joan Greenwood) has caught him experimenting with textiles, Sidney (Alec Guinness) tries to persuade her to remain silent, in Alexander Mackendrick's The Man in the White Suit, 1951.
Kind Hearts And Coronets - Monsters of Arrogance Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price, also narrating) meets his first two d'Ascoynes (all of whom are Alec Guinness) along his comical murderous quest, in Kind Hearts And Coronets, 1949.
Saraband For Dead Lovers - King Of The Wife Notorious Hanoverian Prince George-Louis (Peter Bull), who will become England's George I, is informed of arrangements for his 1682 marriage to Sophie Dorothea of Celle (Joan Greenwood), followed by a dramatically implied wedding night rape, in Ealing Studios' Saraband For Dead Lovers, 1948.
Saraband For Dead Lovers - Dirt Of My Own Choosing Swedish Count Konigsmark (Stewart Granger) tangling with his cruel sponsor Countess Platen (Flora Robson) over his debt to the Hanoverian prince George-Louis (Peter Bull), whose tortured wife (Joan Greenwood) he soon meets, in Saraband For Dead Lovers, 1948.
Gentle Sex, The - No Coupons No Cash Shortly following the opening, recruits to Britain's Auxiliary Territorial Service reporting for duty, Lilli Palmer, Rosamund John, Joan Greenwood featured, in the last film directed by the renowned actor Leslie Howard, The Gentle Sex, 1943.
Gentle Sex, The - Frozen Virtue British Auxiliary recruits on a final night at training, then chat in the barracks, Joyce Howard as blonde Anne, Joan Greenwood as diminutive Betty and Jean Gillie as spunky Dot, Barbara Waring as stern Joan, Lilli Palmer as Czech Erna, in director Leslie Howard's The Gentle Sex, 1943.
Importance of Being Earnest, The (1952) - Bunbury-ist Algie (Michael Denison) refuses to return a cigarette case to Jack (Michael Redgrave) which has clued him in to his friend's secret, in an early scene from The Importance of Being Earnest, 1952.
Importance of Being Earnest, The (1952) - Opening, Theater Clever "staging" in the opening of director Anthony Asquith's faithful 1952 version of Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest, starring Michael Redgrave, Michael Denison and Joan Greenwood.

Trailer

Family

Sydney Earnshaw Greenwood
Father
Artist.

Companions

Andre Morell
Husband
Actor. Married fron 1960 until his death in 1978.

Bibliography