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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 14 April 1917Larne, County Antrim, Ireland, UK [now Larne District, Northern Ireland, UK]
Date of Death 13 November 1998London, England, UK  (heart attack)
Birth NameValerie Babette Louise Hobson
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Elegant, quintessentially English (although born in Northern Ireland) Valerie Hobson was the daughter of a British army officer. She studied dancing at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and appeared on the stage for the first time at age 16, but she contracted a case of scarlet fever and decided to give up dancing for acting. She journeyed to Hollywood, but became disillusioned with the studio system and returned to Britain, where she was often cast in aristocratic roles.

She married producer Anthony Havelock-Allan and subsequently appeared in many of his films, although the couple divorced in 1952. She then married politician--and future notorious sex-and-espionage-scandal figure--John Profumo and gave up her acting career. She stood strongly by Profume during that distasteful period, which became the biggest political scandal Britain has seen to date.

In her later years she was devoted to her charity work with mentally handicapped children and lepers.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Chalybs (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (2)

John Profumo (31 December 1954 - 13 November 1998) (her death) (1 child)
Anthony Havelock-Allan (12 April 1939 - 1952) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Often played the young wife of the main character

Trivia (8)

Husband John Profumo was a British political figure who became involved in a 1963 sex scandal that brought down Britain's Conservative government. It was revealed that he was having an affair with the showgirl Christine Keeler, who was also having an affair with a Soviet military attaché named Eugene Ivanov. Hobson stood by him throughout the scandal.
Her eldest son, Simon Anthony Clerveaux Havelock-Allan, was born in May 1944.
Her salary for The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) was only $800, since she was a minor at the time.
Her youngest child is author David Profumo, b. October 16, 1955, who wrote a book, "Bringing the House Down," about his father's scandal.
Her oldest son, Simon, was born with Down's Syndrome.
Stopped taking her medication which led to the heart attack that killed her.
Her middle child, Mark Havelock-Allan, was born on April 4, 1951.
Twelve years before playing Estella in Great Expectations (1946), she filmed several scenes as Biddy in Great Expectations (1934) which were eventually cut. Francis L. Sullivan played Mr Jaggers in both films.

Salary (1)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935) $800

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