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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 19 May 1915Kensington, London, England, UK
Date of Death 30 October 2014Primrose Hill, London, England, UK  (natural causes)
Birth NameDorothy Renée Ascherson

Mini Bio (1)

A beautiful and durable actress of screen, stage and television. She played the bride of Laurence Olivier's title character in Henry V (1944) (Henry V (1944)). She later appeared in Maniacs on Wheels (1949), a speedway drama with Dirk Bogarde. A frequent co-star of the actor Robert Donat, whom she married in 1953. The couple separated in 1956, but were due to reconcile at the time of his untimely death in London on 9th June 1958, aged 53.

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Spouse (1)

Robert Donat (4 May 1953 - 9 June 1958) (his death)

Trivia (8)

Stepmother of John Donat.
Asherson's serendipitous casting as French Princess Katherine in Henry V (1944) was the result of Olivier fearing that 'Vivien Leigh was too big a star and might eclipse his own performance in the title role'.
Trained for the stage at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Made her theatrical debut in a walk-on part in John Gielgud's 1935 revival of Romeo and Juliet at the New Theatre.
Aunt of writer Neal Ascherson, who is the son of Renée's half-brother from her father's first marriage in 1900.
Her parents, Charles and Dorothy (who married on 14 December 1910), narrowly avoided being passengers on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, after Charles reportedly canceled the passage due to suffering from appendicitis.
Had an older sister, Janet Elizabeth Ascherson (born 22 May 1914).
She died only 13 days before her Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) co-star Richard Pasco.
With her death on October 30, 2014, George Cole is the last surviving cast member of Henry V (1944).

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