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Rachel Kempson (1910–2003)


The matriarch of one of theatre and film's most famous acting dynasties took rather a back seat to the attention placed on several of the others. Born on May 28, 1910, in Dartmouth, England, Rachel Kempson trained at RADA and made her professional stage debut at Stratford in 1933 playing Hero in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." She went on ... See full bio »

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(age 92) in Millbrook, New York, USA

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 1997 Déjà Vu
Skelly's Mother
 1991 For the Greater Good (TV Series)
Dame Margaret Delysia
- Minister (1991) ... Dame Margaret Delysia
- Member (1991) ... Dame Margaret Delysia
 1990 Lorna Doone (TV Movie)
Lady Dugal
 1989 Boon (TV Series)
Mrs. Barker
- In It for the Monet (1989) ... Mrs. Barker
 1989 Screen One (TV Series)
Matilda
- She's Been Away (1989) ... Matilda
 1988 Worlds Beyond (TV Series)
Alice Pearcy
- Home (1988) ... Alice Pearcy
 1988 Stealing Heaven
Prioress
 1988 Small World (TV Mini-Series)
Miss Maiden
- Hurry Up, Please, It's Time (1988) ... Miss Maiden
- Throbbing and Waiting (1988) ... Miss Maiden
- What Shall We Do Tomorrow? (1988) ... Miss Maiden
- Unreal Cities (1988) ... Miss Maiden
- The Lady of Situations (1988) ... Miss Maiden
 1986 The Understanding (TV Movie)
Lydia
 1984 Camille (TV Movie)
Hortense
 1984 The Jewel in the Crown (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Manners
- The Towers of Silence (1984) ... Lady Manners
- The Day of the Scorpion (1984) ... Lady Manners
- Ordeal by Fire (1984) ... Lady Manners
- Regimental Silver (1984) ... Lady Manners
- Questions of Loyalty (1984) ... Lady Manners
 1968-1982 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Nancy Coote / Miss Ives / Mrs. Angusthorpe / ...
- The Boxwallah (1982) ... Nancy Coote
- The Winter Ladies (1979) ... Miss Ives
- The Grass Widows (1971) ... Mrs. Angusthorpe
- Suspect (1969) ... Phyllis Segal
- Bon Voyage (1968) ... Lady Bland
 1982 The Bell (TV Series)
Abbess
- Episode #1.4 (1982) ... Abbess
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... Abbess
 1981 Sunday Night Thriller (TV Series)
Mrs. Miller
- Blunt Instrument: Part 1 (1981) ... Mrs. Miller
 1981 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Nell Bridges / Mrs. Mason
- Bosom Friends (1981) ... Nell Bridges
- The Best of Everything (1981) ... Mrs. Mason
 1980 Blunt Instrument (TV Movie)
 1972-1980 Play for Today (TV Series)
Louisa / Kate Dawson / Mrs. Anderson
- Jude (1980) ... Louisa
- Kate the Good Neighbour (1980) ... Kate Dawson
- The House on Highbury Hill (1972) ... Mrs. Anderson
 1979 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
 1977 Love for Lydia (TV Series)
Aunt Juliana
- Episode #1.8 (1977) ... Aunt Juliana
- Episode #1.7 (1977) ... Aunt Juliana
- Episode #1.4 (1977) ... Aunt Juliana
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Aunt Juliana
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Aunt Juliana
 1974 Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (TV Mini-Series)
Duchess of Marlborough
- Triumph and Tragedy (1974) ... Duchess of Marlborough
- Recovery (1974) ... Duchess of Marlborough
- Lady Randolph (1974) ... Duchess of Marlborough
- Jennie Jerome (1974) ... Duchess of Marlborough
 1974 A Private Matter (TV Movie)
Lady Anne Black-Mathieson
 1971-1974 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Lady Sankey / Lady Black-Matheson / Celia Lavender
- A Private Matter (1974) ... Lady Black-Matheson
- Major Lavender (1972) ... Celia Lavender
- Fly on the Wall: The Reformer (1971) ... Lady Sankey
- Fly on the Wall: The General (1971) ... Lady Sankey
 1973 Sutherland's Law (TV Series)
Annie McCrann
- The Prodigal (1973) ... Annie McCrann
 1972 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Caroline
- The Judge's Wife (1972) ... Caroline
 1972 Country Matters (TV Mini-Series)
Miss Wills
- Breeze Anstey (1972) ... Miss Wills
 1972 The Shadow of the Tower (TV Mini-Series)
Margaret of Burgundy
- The Schooling of Apes (1972) ... Margaret of Burgundy
 1971 Crime of Passion (TV Series)
Lise
- Roland (1971) ... Lise
 1971 Elizabeth R (TV Mini-Series)
Kat Ashley
- The Lion's Cub (1971) ... Kat Ashley
 1970 Jane Eyre (TV Movie)
Mrs. Fairfax
 1970 W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series)
Jane Fowler
- Jane (1970) ... Jane Fowler
 1970 Paul Temple (TV Series)
Rose Martin
- Letters from Robert (1970) ... Rose Martin
 1969 The Virgin Soldiers
Mrs. Raskin
 1969 Detective (TV Series)
Anthea Vine
- Put Out the Light (1969) ... Anthea Vine
 1969 Two Gentlemen Sharing
Mrs. Ashby-Kydd
 1969 Thank You All Very Much
Sister Henry
 1967-1968 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Phyllis Brendon / Lady Caroline / Eve
- Anyone for Tennis? (1968) ... Phyllis Brendon
- Sleeping Dogs (1967) ... Lady Caroline
- Death of a Teddy Bear (1967) ... Eve
 1968 The Expert (TV Series)
Miss Daley
- Miss Daley (1968) ... Miss Daley
 1968 The Charge of the Light Brigade
Mrs. Codrington
 1963-1967 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mrs. Thompson / Kate Murdoch / Nan Mor
- The New Assistant (1967) ... Mrs. Thompson
- Finders Keepers (1965) ... Kate Murdoch
- The Sandcastle (1963) ... Nan Mor
 1967 Conflict (TV Series)
Emilia / Mrs. Whitefield
- Othello (1967) ... Emilia
- Man and Superman (1967) ... Mrs. Whitefield
 1967 The Jokers
Mrs. Tremayne
 1967 Mr. Aitch (TV Series)
 1966 Grand Prix
Mrs. Stoddard
 1964-1966 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Lady Byass / Mary Racey
- The Wager (1966) ... Lady Byass
- Old Soldiers (1964) ... Mary Racey
 1966 Georgy Girl
Ellen Leamington
 1965 The Flying Swan (TV Series)
Isobel Fenshaw
- Open Day (1965) ... Isobel Fenshaw
 1965 Curse of the Fly
Madame Fournier
 1964 The Third Secret
Mildred Hoving
 1956 Colonel March of Scotland Yard (TV Series)
Helen Rune
- The Strange Event at Roman Fall (1956) ... Helen Rune
 1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Dolly Makepeace
- The Makepeace Story #3: Family Business (1955) ... Mrs. Dolly Makepeace
 1954 The Sea Shall Not Have Them
Mrs. Waltby
 1948 A Woman's Vengeance
Emily Maurier
 1946 The Captive Heart
Celia Mitchell
 1941 Jeannie
Maggie, Jeannie's sister
 1938 The Shoemaker's Holiday (TV Movie)
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She acted in the William Shakespeare's play, "Love's Labour's Lost," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Alec Clunes, Michael Redgrave, Alec Guinness, and Ernest Milton in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director. See more »

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Lady Redgrave
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