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Biography for
Madeleine Cranmere (Character)
from Malice Aforethought (2005) (TV)

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Madeleine Cranmere is a penniless socialite, with pretensions to high culture, who seduces the married Dr. Bickleigh when she thinks she can benefit by his wife's inheritance. She learns otherwise and turns her attentions to the wealthy young Denny Bourne; but she allows Bickleigh to believe that she would marry him if he were free. This leads him to murder his wife, the central event of Anthony Berkeley's 1931 crime novel Malice Aforethought. In a twist ending, Bickleigh is tried and acquitted for his wife's murder; but then he is immediately tried and found guilty of murdering Madeleine's husband, a crime he did not commit, but did unwittingly inspire. His constant lectures about Madeleine's poor sanitation gave her the idea to poison her husband with typhoid-infected water.

Cheryl Campbell plays Madeleine in the 1979 adaptation of the novel, Megan Dodds in the 2005 adaptation.

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