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Date of Birth 27 June 1938Bolton, Lancashire, England, UK
Birth NameShirley Broomfield
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Shirley Anne and her brother (later a U.S. homicide victim) were brought up in the Edgworth Children's Home and Orphanage after their mother was unable to care for them. She began her career modeling for 50s British pin up magazines such as Reveille and Titbits before entering films in 1955 as an extra and bit player, mostly used as glamorous set dressing. Her first sizable part was in Michael Powell's classic Peeping Tom (1960) as a temperamental film star. The same year, she also appeared in Wild for Kicks (1960) alongside Adam Faith Peter McEnery and Oliver Reed, which was a film noted for containing the first score by composer John Barry. She was then chosen by Laurence Olivier and director Tony Richardson for a featured role in The Entertainer (1960) which really made her name, followed by another British New Wave entry, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) and Joseph Losey's cult classic These Are the Damned (1963). A trip to Hollywood for Kings of the Sun (1963) proved disappointing although she was considered for the role eventually played by Diane Baker in The Prize (1963). Apart from Alfie (1966), her subsequent British films of this period were unworthy of her.

In the '70s, she acted mostly in the theatre including an acclaimed performance in the South African production of "Wait Until Dark". Shirley Anne returned to films in the highly successful My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and has subsequently had a prolific career in both films (Hear My Song (1991)) and television (Ken Russell's Lady Chatterley (1993)).

She worked in America during the early nineties including the feature Shag (1989) and a stint on the popular daytime soap Santa Barbara (1984). At the time of writing (2003), she is about to embark on the second half of a Nationwide UK tour in the American comedy, "The Cemetery Club". She has published a heart warming autobiography, "A Time for Love".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Simpson (jims@crusaid.org.uk)

Spouse (2)

Charles Patrick Colum Henry Crichton-Stuart (7 July 1967 - ?) (divorced) (1 child)
? (? - ?) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (4)

She has one daughter: Nicola Jane Crichton-Stuart (born 1967)
Former Miss London.
Her brother, publisher Guy Broomfield, 60, was shot dead in his San Francisco home in September 1999 by his girlfriend's son 25-year-old Harry Israel Dalsey - heir to the DHL courier fortune. Dalsey admitted in court that during an argument, he fired a .38 revolver, striking Guy twice in the chest at point-blank range, killing him, but got only 36 months in prison after plea bargaining the charge from second degree murder to involuntary manslaughter. Guy was the boyfriend of Dalsey's widowed mother Annie, and had lived in her California mansion for six years.
Release of her autobiography, "A Time for Love".

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