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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 13 November 1906Broseley, Shropshire, England, UK
Date of Death 19 August 1986Los Angeles, California, USA  (stroke)
Birth NameHermione Youlanda Ruby Clinton-Baddeley
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Hermione Baddeley was born on November 13, 1906 in Broseley, Shropshire, England as Hermione Youlanda Ruby Clinton-Baddeley. She was an actress, known for Mary Poppins (1964), The Secret of NIMH (1982) and A Christmas Carol (1951). She was married to 'Major J.H. Willis' and Hon. David Pax Tennant. She died on August 19, 1986 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

'Major J.H. Willis' (December 1940 - 1946) (divorced)
Hon. David Pax Tennant (16 April 1928 - 6 May 1937) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Her thick Cockney accent - droping h's

Trivia (17)

Younger sister of Angela Baddeley.
Autobiography 1984 "The Unsinkable Hermione Baddeley"
George Bernard Shaw reportedly so enjoyed her performance in his play, "Heartbreak House", that he suggested she change her surname from Baddeley to Goodeley.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1963 Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore."
Was descended from British revolutionary war general Sir Henry Clinton.
Best known in the States for her bawdy housekeeper Mrs. Naugatuck on the feminist comedy Maude (1972).
Hermione's first husband was the Honourable David Pax Tennant, a descendant of William the Conqueror.
Had a long, involved relationship with actor Laurence Harvey. They appeared together in the film Room at the Top (1959) and she received an Oscar nomination as "Best Supporting Actress" nomination for her portrayal of Simone Signoret's best friend, music teacher Elspeth. With under three minutes of screen time, her role had the shortest amount of screen time ever to be nominated.
Mother of actress/poet Pauline Tennant and David Edward Wyndham Tennant.
Her first U.S. appearance came on Broadway when she replaced Angela Lansbury in "A Taste of Honey".
Second husband, Major J.H. Willis, was Commander of the U.S.S. Henrico from November 1943 to May 1945. He was decorated at one point with the award of Military Cross.
Sister-in-law of Glen Byam Shaw.
Can be seen playing Doll Tearsheet with her sister Angela Baddeley as Mistress Quickly in Henry IV (episode 3) in the DVD box "An Age of Kings - the History Plays of William Shakespeare".
The youngest of four sisters, she appeared on stage from the age of sixteen, acting and dancing in comedies and Noel Coward revues.
Cousin of actor Dennis Clinton.
Interred with her first husband Hon. David Pax Tennant at St Michael's Churchyard in Wilsford (Salisbury), Wiltshire.
Father: W.H. Clinton-Baddeley; Mother: Louise Bourdin.

Personal Quotes (3)

I have spent most of my life working in the theatre - which is always my greatest love, but the films and television were the providers of the little luxuries of life.
[on her real-life romance with Laurence Harvey] Life with him was exciting and funny, but he was consumed with a hunger to have everything--fame, fortune, all the riches of life. It was as if he knew there was only so much time alloted to him.
[on Laurence Harvey] I think I shall risk the halibut. It can't be too awful, can it? After you've lived with Laurence Harvey, nothing in life is ever really too awful again.

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