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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 15 September 1916Karachi, British India [now Karachi, Pakistan]
Date of Death 15 July 1990Kensington, London, England, UK  (cirrhosis of the liver)
Birth NameMargaret Mary Lockwood Day
Nickname Maggie
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Karachi-born Margaret Lockwood, daughter of a British colonial railway clerk, was educated in London and studied to be an actress at the Italia Conti Drama School. Her first moment on stage came at the age of 12, when she played a fairy in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1928. She had a bit part in the Drury Lane production of "Cavalcade" in 1932, before completing her training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Her film career began in 1934 with Lorna Doone (1934) and she was already a seasoned performer when Alfred Hitchcock cast her in his thriller, The Lady Vanishes (1938), opposite relative newcomer Michael Redgrave. The film was shot at Islington studios and was "in the can" after just five weeks in 1937 and released the following year. This was her first opportunity to shine, and she gave an intelligent, convincing performance as the inquisitive girl who suspects a conspiracy when an elderly lady (Dame May Whitty) seemingly disappears into thin air during a train journey. Due to the success of the film, Margaret spent some time in Hollywood but was given poor material and soon returned home. Back at Gainsborough, producer Edward Black had planned to pair Lockwood and Redgrave much the same way William Powell and Myrna Loy had been teamed up in the "Thin Man" films in America, but the war intervened and the two were only to appear together in the Carol Reed-directed The Stars Look Down (1940). This was the first of her "bad girl" roles that would effectively redefine her career in the 1940s. In between playing femmes fatales, she had a popular hit in the 1944 melodrama A Lady Surrenders (1944) as a brilliant but fatally ill pianist and was sympathetic enough as a young girl who is possessed by a ghost in A Place of One's Own (1945). However, her best-remembered performances came in two classic Gainsborough period dramas. The first of these, The Man in Grey (1943), co-starring James Mason, was torrid escapist melodrama with Lockwood portraying a treacherous, opportunistic vixen, all the while exuding more sexual allure than was common for films of this period. The enormous popular success of this picture led to her second key role in 1945 (again with Mason) as the cunning and cruel title character of The Wicked Lady (1945), a female Dick Turpin. This was even more daring in its depiction of immorality, and the controversy surrounding the film did no harm at the box office. Some of Lockwood's scenes had to be re-shot for American audiences not accustomed to seeing décolletages. Margaret scored another hit with Bedelia (1946), as a demented serial poisoner, and then played a Gypsy girl accused of murder in the Technicolor romp Jassy (1947).

As her popularity waned in the 1950s she returned to occasional performances on the West End stage and appeared on television, making her greatest impact as a dedicated barrister in the ITV series Justice (1971), which ran from 1971 to 1974.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (1)

Rupert Leon (17 October 1937 - 1950) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Her beauty spot, added during filming of A Place of One's Own (1945) in 1945

Trivia (26)

Mother of actress Julia Lockwood. Named her after Gaio Giulio Cesare to commemorate her birth by Caesarian operation.
Used Margie Day briefly as her stage name at the very beginning of her stage career.
Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she was seen in a production and signed by a leading London agent.
In 1965 she co-starred in the popular British television series The Flying Swan (1965) with her daughter Julia Lockwood.
Lived for many years with actor John Stone, who appeared with her in the 1959 play "And Suddenly It's Spring" and the TV series Justice (1971).
She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1981 Queen's New Year Honours List, which was her last public appearance. She lived in virtual seclusion until her death nine years later.
Suffered from vestibulitis, a viral ear infection for much of her later life.
Sister of Lyn Lockwood.
Mother-in-law of Ernest Clark.
Husband Rupert Leon was insanely jealous of her fame and beauty - he disliked her wearing makeup, forbade her to smoke and tried to force her into retiring from the screen.
Would wear a balaclava as a disguise and make a quick exit at the stage door before anyone noticed her.
Britain's #1 box-office star during the 1940s. She would hold signing sessions in cinemas for her fans across the nation.
Retired to a stylish house on a cul-de-sac in Kingston upon Thames, where she spent the rest of her life in a quiet, tree-lined street amongst her neighbors.
Has four grandchildren, Timothy, Nicholas, Lucy and Catherine.
Became a recluse during the latter part of her life. She would only receive family and close friends such as Phyllis Calvert, who would take her on drives to the garden center.
Was a committed teetotaller all her life and detested the taste of alcohol. She preferred to drink hot chocolate, buying 60 sachets at a time and calling it "my tipple".
Devoted to her only child, Julia Lockwood.
Her only vice was chain smoking.
Declined Michael Winner's invitation to attend his screening of The Wicked Lady (1983); Margaret had starred in the original film (The Wicked Lady (1945).
The Margaret Lockwood Society operates on Facebook.
Suffered from shyness.
Often starred with her good friend Patricia Roc.
Attended London's Belvedere College and Sydenham High School.
Attended the Royal Aademy of Dramatic Arts.
Because of a disorder of the middle ear that caused her problems maintaining her balance, Lockwood spent her later years out of the public eye in the exclusive London suburb of Kingston upon Thames.
Started performing in cabarets as Margie Day at age 10. She made her professional debut in 1928 as a fairy in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Holborn Empire.

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