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Margaret Rutherford (1892–1972)

One is always at pains to locate a reference to Margaret Rutherford which does not characterize her as either jut-chinned, eccentric or both. But such, taken together, made for the charm of the woman. The combination of those most mundane of attributes has led some to suggest that she was made for the role of Agatha Christie's indomitable sleuth, ... See full bio »

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 1967 Arabella
Princess Ilaria
 1967 A Countess from Hong Kong
Miss Gaulswallow
 1966 Jackanory (TV Series)
- The Tale of Beatrix Potter (1966) ... Storyteller
- The Tale of Mr. Tod (1966) ... Storyteller
- The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1966) ... Storyteller
- The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1966) ... Storyteller
- The Tale of Little Pig Robinson (1966) ... Storyteller
 1963 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mary Smith
- The Kidnapping of Mary Smith (1963) ... Mary Smith
 1962 Zero One (TV Series)
Miss Pendenny
- The Liar (1962) ... Miss Pendenny
 1960 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Emily Blagdon
- The Two Wise Virgins of Hove (1960) ... Emily Blagdon
 1960 The Day After Tomorrow (TV Movie)
Amy Carr
 1959 Farewell, Farewell, Eugene (TV Movie)
Miverva Goody
 1950-1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Lady Proudfoot / Miss Constance Hargreaves
- The Noble Spaniard (1958) ... Lady Proudfoot
- Miss Hargreaves (1950) ... Miss Constance Hargreaves
 1957 Just My Luck
Mrs. Dooley
 1957 Dick and the Duchess (TV Series)
Cynthia Gordon
- The Kissing Bandit (1957) ... Cynthia Gordon
 1957 Big Time Operators
Mrs. Fazackalee
 1956 A Likely Tale (TV Movie)
Mirabelle Petersham
 1955 An Alligator Named Daisy
Prudence Croquet
 1954 Aunt Clara
Clara Hilton
 1954 The Runaway Bus
Miss Cynthia Beeston
 1953 Trouble in Store
Miss Bacon
 1953 Innocents in Paris
Gwladys Inglott
 1952 Miss Robin Hood
Miss Honey
 1952 Castle in the Air
Miss Nicholson
 1952 Curtain Up
Catherine Beckwith / Jeremy St. Claire
 1951 The Magic Box
Lady Pond
 1950 The Taming of Dorothy
Mrs. Dotherington
 1949 Passport to Pimlico
Professor Hatton-Jones
 1947 While the Sun Shines
Dr. Winifred Frye
 1947 Meet Me at Dawn
Madame Vernorel
 1944 Her Man Gilbey
Lady Christabel Beauclerk
 1943 Adventure for Two
Rowena Ventnor
 1943 Yellow Canary
Mrs. Towcester
 1941 Quiet Wedding
 1941 Three Wise Brides
Aunt Bijou
 1938 Spring Meeting (TV Movie)
Bijou Furze
 1938 Have You Brought Your Music? (TV Movie)
 1937 Missing, Believed Married
Lady Parke
 1937 Catch As Catch Can
Maggie Carberry
 1937 Big Fella
Nanny (uncredited)
 1937 Beauty and the Barge
Mrs. Baldwin
 1936 Talk of the Devil
 1936 Hideout in the Alps
Evelyn Summers aka Miss Butterby
 1936 Troubled Waters
Bit Role (uncredited)
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She acted in George Colman and David Garrick's play, "The Clandestine Marriage," in a Chichester Festival Theatre production at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, Sussex, England with Alastair Sim, Bill Fraser, and John Standing in the cast. O'Donovan was director. See more »

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8 Print Biographies | 5 Articles | See more »

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Dame Margaret Rutherford


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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You never have a comedian who hasn't got a very deep strain of sadness within him or her. One thing is incidental on the other. Every great clown has been very near to tragedy. See more »


She developed an interest in the theatre while at school. Her guardian aunt paid for her to have private acting lessons. See more »

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