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Kay Kendall (I) (1926–1959)

Kay Kendall was born on May 21, 1926 in Withernsea, Yorkshire, England as Justine Kay Kendall-McCarthy. She was an actress, known for Les Girls (1957), Genevieve (1953) and The Reluctant Debutante (1958). She was married to Rex Harrison. She died on September 6, 1959 in London, England. See full bio »


(age 33) in London, England, UK

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Les Girls
Les Girls Lady Sybil Wren
Genevieve Rosalind Peters
The Reluctant Debutante
The Reluctant Debutante Sheila Broadbent
Doctor in the House
Doctor in the House Isobel Minster


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 1960 Once More, with Feeling!
Dolly Fabian
 1957 Les Girls
Lady Sybil Wren
 1955 Quentin Durward
Isabelle - Countess of Marcroy
 1955 Marriage a la Mode
 1955 Abdullah's Harem
 1954 Doctor in the House
Isobel Minster
 1953 Meet Mr. Lucifer
Lonely Hearts Singer
 1953 The Square Ring
 1953 Genevieve
Rosalind Peters
 1953 The Shadow Man
Barbara Gale
 1953 Man in Hiding
 1952 It Started in Paradise
Lady Caroline Frencham
 1952 Curtain Up
Sandra Beverley
 1952 Dead on Course
Alexia LaRoche
 1951 The Inch Man (TV Series)
Sue Kemp
- Badger Game (1951) ... Sue Kemp
 1951 Bikini Baby
 1951 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
- The River (1951) ... Mary
 1951 Sweethearts and Wives (TV Movie)
Martha Handsford
 1951 Happy Go Lovely
Secretary (uncredited)
 1950 Dance Hall
 1946 London Town
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
Slave Girl (uncredited)
 1945 Waltz Time
Lady in Waiting
 1944 Dreaming
Party Girl (uncredited)
 1944 While Nero Fiddled
Girl (uncredited)
 1944 Champagne Charlie
Bit Part (uncredited)
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Other Works:

My Fair Lady (1956). Musical/Romantic comedy. Book by Alan Jay Lerner. Music by Frederick Loewe. Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. Adapted from "Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw. Music arranged by Robert Russell Bennett and Philip J. Lang. Dance arrangements by Trude Rittman. Musical Director: Franz Allers. Choral arrangements by ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 34 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 14 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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We British are so square we have to smuggle our tits past Customs.


Is one of 20 actresses who did not receive an Oscar nomination for their Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe-winning performance; hers being for Les Girls (1957) (tied with Taina Elg). The others, in chronological order, are: June Allyson for Too Young to Kiss (1951), Ethel Merman for Call Me Madam (1953), Jean Simmons for Guys and Dolls (1955), Taina Elg for Les Girls (1957), Marilyn ... See more »



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