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Jessie Matthews (I) (1907–1981)

Born to a huge, poor family in Soho in London's West End, Jessie Matthews became a big stage star in the late 1920s and 1930s, enjoying some crossover success in musical films. Her career never quite relaunched after the war, though, but she staged a comeback when she replaced the lead actress in the radio soap "Mrs Dale's Diary" in the 1960s. Her... See full bio »

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 1980 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
- A Picture of a Place (1980) ... Hazel
 1979 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Lady Bluett
- The Winter Ladies (1979) ... Lady Bluett
 1978 The Hound of the Baskervilles
Mrs. Tinsdale
 1977 Jubilee (TV Series)
Nanny Webster
- Nanny's Boy (1977) ... Nanny Webster
 1976 Angels (TV Series)
Mrs. Toomey
- My Patient (1976) ... Mrs. Toomey
 1976 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)
Mrs. Heppley
- The Nicest Man in the World (1976) ... Mrs. Heppley
 1973 Dolly (TV Series)
Mrs. Wiggins
- The Other Lady (1973) ... Mrs. Wiggins
 1964 The Kathy Kirby Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1964) ... Guest.
 1959 Dinner with the Family (TV Movie)
 1958 tom thumb
 1955 A Connecticut Yankee (TV Movie)
 1949 Sauce Tartare (TV Movie)
 1944 Candles at Nine
Dorothea Capper the Heiress
 1944 Victory Wedding (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1943 Forever and a Day
Mildred Trimble
 1937 Gangway
Pat Wayne
 1937 Head Over Heels in Love
Jeanne Colbert
 1933 The Man from Toronto
Leslie Farrar
 1932 Midshipmaid Gob
Celia Newbiggin
 1931 Out of the Blue
Tommy Tucker
 1924 Straws in the Wind
The Village Maiden (uncredited)
 1923 This England
Edward, Prince of Wales
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Radio: Took over the role of "Mrs. Dale" in the long-running BBC Radio soap "Mrs. Dale's Diary". The program was canceled in 1969. Charles Simon was "Dr. Jim Dale". See more »

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5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Personal Quote:

If I ceased to be a star, all that interest in my home life would evaporate, I believe. Perhaps it is the price one has to pay for being a star.


'The Jessie Matthews Bar' is situated in the Adelphi theatre, London, England, UK. See more »


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