Yes, she can do it ALL! Act, dance, sing, theater, film, television. She's had a fantastic career. She received an Oscar nomination for her debut role, playing a young, precocious maid in Gaslight (1945).
She played a teenager next in National Velvet (1944).
After that she played a string of more mature roles in films like State of the Union (1948) when she was still quite young.
And later she played Laurence Harvey's mother in The Manchurian Candidate (1962), one of her most brilliant and iconic performances.
A truly gifted actress, who will be remembered for so many things through the years, including her roles in Mame and Sweeney Todd on Broadway. She'll be 94 next month and is still working - as of last year anyway!
I just wanted to add one special title: the little seen but lovely film, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960), in which she had a relatively small part, but it was one of those she was most proud of in all her career.
I once had the good fortune to ask her husband, Peter Shaw, to tell his wife how much I loved her as Mavis Pruitt in that film. He immediately broke into an enormous grin and said that she loved that role and her work in the film and that she would be so glad to know that someone had seen and loved her in it, too. Sometime later I watched Robert Osborne interview her on TCM, and she told him the same thing.
Post by therealcomicman117 on Oct 17, 2019 16:10:34 GMT
Happy one-day birthday. One of my absolute favorite actresses. Fascinating career too. Her family went to Hollywood to escape the blitz in the wake of World War II, and thus she started her acting career in Hollywood, as opposed to the stage, unlike so many of her British contemporaries. She wasn't really a leading actress during the Golden Age (she had few lead roles), but what a fabulous performer she was, regardless.
Some of my favorites include The Manchurian Candidate, Bedsticks and Broomsticks, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The World of Henry Orient. My mom was also a big fan of Murder She Wrote, though I wasn't much into it as a kid.
She also had a classic "Granny's face". She was actually only three years older then Laurence Harvey's mother in The Manchurian Candidate, and a decade older when she played Elvis's mother in Blue Hawaii.
"I wanted to be a wife so that I could have been her real mother. I wanted to be a boy so that she could be in love with me. I wanted her to be my full sister instead of my half sister. I wanted her to be a slave so that I could set her free and make her rich."