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Actor who starred as Mollie Ralston in The Mousetrap with her husband, Richard Attenborough

When Agatha Christie’s murder mystery play The Mousetrap opened in London in 1952, the actor Sheila Sim, who has died aged 93, had doubts about its ability to last for six months. But the fact that she could wait until just before its 50th anniversary before publicly confessing those doubts, at a lunch at the Savoy hotel with 300 other actors who had appeared in the play, showed them to be unfounded. By then it had long passed its 20,000th performance, and it is still going strong, as the world’s longest initial run of a play.

Through starring as Mollie Ralston, owner of the snowed-in Monkswell Manor, Sim set the seal on her growing reputation as an actor. Her husband, Richard Attenborough, co-starred in the play as Detective Sergeant Trotter, who arrives on a pair of skis,
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Sheila Sims, Actress Who Was Richard Attenborough’s Widow, Dies at 93

Sheila Sims, Actress Who Was Richard Attenborough’s Widow, Dies at 93
Sheila Sim, the British actress who was the widow of British actor and director Richard Attenborough, and starred with him in several films as well as in the original stage production of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” died on Tuesday. She was 93.

Her death was announced after a performance of “The Mousetrap” in Nottingham’s Theatre Royal. In the world premiere of the whodunit there in October 1952, she starred as Mollie Ralston, the proprietor of Monkswell Manor, opposite Attenborough. The couple moved with the production to the West End, where it has been playing continually ever since.

Since 2013 Sim had been living in Denville Hall, a London retirement home for actors, and she had been suffering from dementia.

Sim and Attenborough were married from January 1945 until his death in August 2014 at age 90.

On the big screen the couple worked together in 1947’s “Dancing With Crime,” 1948’s “The Outsider” and 1951’s “The Magic Box.
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Gerald Sim obituary

Stalwart actor known for playing dependable British characters

When you watch British films produced by Bryan Forbes and Richard Attenborough between Whistle Down the Wind in 1961 and Shadowlands in 1993, you will find that Gerald Sim, who has died aged 89, was in most of them, usually playing a detective, a doctor or a magistrate of some kind, always trustworthy and on the right side of the law.

He was one of those quiet, unassuming actors whose presence guaranteed dependability: instantly recognisable, soon forgotten, always welcome; an open moon face, a clarion-clear voice (the result of a proper training in repertory theatre), a discreet presence. He was definitely part of the British screen “family”, not least because he was the younger brother of the actor Sheila Sim, Attenborough’s wife.

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Richard Attenborough Passes Away at Age 90

Richard Attenborough Passes Away at Age 90
Legendary actor and director Richard Attenborough has passed away at the age of 90. He died at his home in London, presumably from natural causes, just five days before his 91st birthday.

Richard Attenborough was born August 29, 1923 in Cambridge, England. His career took place over 60 years and he had parts in over 70 films. He directed his first movie Oh! What a Lovely War in 1969. He went on to direct countless projects starting with two period films entitled Young Winston and A Bridge Too Far.

He is best known for his role in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Steven Spielberg shared his condolences in a statement.

"Dickie Attenborough was passionate about everything in his life - family, friends, country and career. He made a gift to the world with his emotional epic 'Gandhi' and he was the perfect ringmaster to bring the dinosaurs back to life
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British actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

British actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90
English actor-director Richard Attenborough died Sunday, his son Michael told the BBC. He was 90.

The Cambridge, England, native made his film debut at 19 in the 1942 war film In Which We Serve, which was later nominated for Best Picture at the 1943 Academy Awards.

Over the course of the next 60 years, Attenborough appeared in more than 70 films, including Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, and The Sand Pebbles. He also appeared in a number of family favorites such as Doctor Doolittle, Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and played Kris Kringle in the 1994 reboot of Miracle on 34th Street.

An accomplished filmmaker,
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Legendary Actor, Director Richard Attenborough Dead At 90

Legendary Actor, Director Richard Attenborough Dead At 90
Best known for his work in 'Jurassic Park' and 'Miracle On 34th Street, Richard Attenborough passed away Sunday morning.

Revered English actor and director Sir Richard Attenborough, best known for his iconic role as Kris Kringle in the 1994 re-make of Miracle On 34th Street and the billionaire CEO John Hammond in Jurassic Park, died Sunday at the age of 90.

Attenborough, who was a celebrated actor in nearly 70 films including The Flight Of The Phoenix and The Great Escape, was also an acclaimed filmmaker, winning an Oscar for Best Director in 1983 for his film Gandhi, which also took home the gold for Best Picture.

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Attenborough also received acclaim for directing a number of other classics such as A Bridge Too Far, Chaplin, and Shadowlands.

Attenborough also was knighted by the English crown in 1976.

According to the BBC, Attenborough's son, Michael, confirmed his father's passing, and revealed
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Richard Attenborough dies aged 90

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Richard Attenborough dies aged 90
Oscar and BAFTA award-winning actor, director and producer starred in Brighton Rock and Jurassic Park.

Richard Attenborough has died aged 90, his son has confirmed to the BBC.

As an actor, Lord Attenborough will best be remembered for his roles in Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, Miracle On 34th Street and Jurassic Park.

He made his professional stage debut aged 18 and went on to accumulate nearly 80 credits acting on film.

As a film director and producer, he won two Oscars for Gandhi in 1983.

He directed 12 movies, starting with Oh! What A Lovely War in 1969, going on to make A Bridge Too Far (1977), Chaplin (1992) and Shadowlands (1993). His final film as a director was Closing The Ring in 2007.

British Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute on Twitter and said: “His acting in “Brighton Rock” was brilliant, his directing of “Gandhi” was stunning - Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema.”

He leaves wife Sheila Sim, to whom he
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R.I.P. Sir Richard Attenborough (1923 – 2014)

There is a great sadness in knowing that those we have come to love across generations have parted with us. It is with this in mind that we are saddened to report that Sir Richard Attenborough, skilled actor turned director, producer and entrepreneur passed away this afternoon at the age of 90, told his son to the BBC this evening. Today we remember the countless contributions Attenborough made to the world, and it is with those contributions that he instilled a sense of wonder that captivated billions. Though it is not yet fully understood the circumstances of Attenborough’s passing, reports indicate that his family will be issuing a full statement to the press come Monday.

Though the four-time BAFTA and Golden Globe winner is perhaps most well-known for his acting roles in films such as Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, Miracle Of 34Th Street and Jurassic Park, he first started
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Actor-Director Richard Attenborough Has Died

Actor-Director Richard Attenborough Has Died
Acctor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, has died. He was 90. The actor's son, Michael Attenborough, told the BBC that his father died Sunday. He had been in poor health for some time. Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement calling Attenborough "one of the greats of cinema." "His acting in Brighton Rock was brilliant, his directing of Gandhi was stunning," Cameron said. Attenborough won an Academy Award for Best Director with Gandhi in 1982, only one of many highlights of a distinguished career as actor and director. With his abundant snow-white hair and beard,
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Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies, aged 90

Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies, aged 90
Actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough has died, aged 90.

The legendary filmmaker passed away on Sunday (August 24), his son has confirmed.

Lord Attenborough began his carer as an actor in the early 1940s, making his first screen appearance in In Which We Serve in 1942, and five years later had his career breakthrough in Brighton Rock.

His career blossomed in the 1950s and beyond, as he became a fixture of the cinema with roles in The Great Escape, Doctor Dolittle and Ten Little Indians.

Lord Attenborough also gained acclaim for playing Kris Kringle in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street, and for portraying bioengineering magnate John Hammond in the Jurassic Park series.

His work as a director began with Oh! What a Lovely War in 1969 and Young Winston in 1972.

Gandhi earned Lord Attenborough two Academy Awards - for Best Picture and Best Director - in 1983.

His other high-profile directorial credits include A Bridge Too Far,
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Jurassic Park star and director Richard Attenborough dies, aged 90

Jurassic Park star and director Richard Attenborough dies, aged 90
Actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough has died, aged 90.

The legendary filmmaker passed away on Sunday (August 24), his son told BBC News.

Lord Attenborough began his carer as an actor in the early 1940s, making his first screen appearance in In Which We Serve in 1942, and five years later had his career breakthrough in Brighton Rock.

His career blossomed in the 1950s and beyond, as he became a fixture of the cinema with roles in The Great Escape, Doctor Dolittle and Ten Little Indians.

Lord Attenborough also gained acclaim for playing Kris Kringle in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street, and for portraying bioengineering magnate John Hammond in the Jurassic Park series.

His work as a director began with Oh! What a Lovely War in 1969 and Young Winston in 1972.

Gandhi earned Lord Attenborough two Academy Awards – for Best Picture and Best Director – in 1983.

His other high-profile directorial credits include A Bridge Too Far,
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Richard Attenborough, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘Gandhi,’ Dies at 90

Richard Attenborough, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘Gandhi,’ Dies at 90
Richard Attenborough, who was honored for his helming and production of the 1982 Oscar best picture “Gandhi” but was best known to American audiences for his role in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” and its first sequel as park creator John Hammond, died on Sunday, his son tells BBC News. He was 90.

The stocky British filmmaker was awarded a life peerage by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993 for his stage work and for his efforts behind and in front of the camera to promote British cinema.

While Attenborough had been a prominent character actor in his native country since the early 1940s, he also achieved much as a producer, motion picture executive and cultural impresario. At various times he was chairman of the British Film Institute, Channel 4, Goldcrest Films, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Capital Radio and a director of the Young Vic and the British Film Institute. In the late ’70s,
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Jean Harvey obituary

Our mother, Jean Harvey, who has died aged 83, declared at the age of six that she wanted to be an actress. She went on to a successful stage and screen career, receiving widest recognition for her work in television over more than 30 years.

Her most famous role was in Compact (1962), one of the BBC's first soaps, as the editor of the magazine from which the show took its title. She appeared in several classic serials, including North and South (1975) and two versions of Jane Eyre, playing Mrs Reed in the 1973 adaptation and Mrs Fairfax in 1983. Her favourite TV role was as Sally, the wife of Max (George Cole) in A Man of Our Times (1968), for which she received a Bafta nomination.

Jean was born near Birmingham, daughter of Dorothy and Frederick Hillen-Harvey, and studied at the city's Central School of Speech and Drama before joining Birmingham Rep as a junior member,
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Jean Harvey obituary

Our mother, Jean Harvey, who has died aged 83, declared at the age of six that she wanted to be an actress. She went on to a successful stage and screen career, receiving widest recognition for her work in television over more than 30 years.

Her most famous role was in Compact (1962), one of the BBC's first soaps, as the editor of the magazine from which the show took its title. She appeared in several classic serials, including North and South (1975) and two versions of Jane Eyre, playing Mrs Reed in the 1973 adaptation and Mrs Fairfax in 1983. Her favourite TV role was as Sally, the wife of Max (George Cole) in A Man of Our Times (1968), for which she received a Bafta nomination.

Jean was born near Birmingham, daughter of Dorothy and Frederick Hillen-Harvey, and studied at the city's Central School of Speech and Drama before joining Birmingham Rep as a junior member,
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Letters: Powell, Pressburger and the 'failure' that was A Canterbury Tale

Xan Brooks's account of his emotional engagement with Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's A Canterbury Tale (A pilgrim's progress, Review, 10 August) captures beautifully what many feel about this evocative film. Unfortunately, he plays down two important elements that make the film what it is. Most important is the contribution of Pressburger, who was much more than Powell's "regular collaborator", but a full partner in all departments except directing on this and 16 other features.

Having organised the first full retrospective of their work for the BFI, I can testify that they considered the film a "failure", but were gratified when the BBC's restoration of the truncated original premiered to acclaim at the Nft in 1978. Emeric later introduced the film at MoMA in New York and spoke about trying to create the conditions for "magic" to happen on screen – his contribution shouldn't be downgraded. The other vital ingredient was the non-professional Sgt John Sweet,
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A pilgrim's progress: trailing A Canterbury Tale

Seventy years after it was made, Michael Powell's A Canterbury Tale remains the perfect remedy for self-pity. Xan Brooks seeks out the film's locations, still haunted by the ghosts of a film that celebrated the values and traditions of an England under fire

In August 1943 the director Michael Powell came to east Kent to shoot his most ambitious and personal film to date. A Canterbury Tale took its lead from Chaucer to spin the story of three modern-day pilgrims uprooted by the war. It showed us the hedgerows and the hop gardens and the ancient road atop the downs. It celebrated the values and traditions of an England under fire. That wartime summer, the film's locations came haunted by the ghosts of the pardoner, the falconer, the garrulous wife of Bath. Today, for me, they are haunted by the ghosts of A Canterbury Tale. Seventy years on, it's as
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Clip and Images from the new Ealing Studios Rarities Collection Vol 1: Cheer Up!

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Looking back at the early days of cinema allows us not only the opportunity to see the development of our favourite medium but also discover the hidden gems which may have been forgotten.

Network Releasing are shining their own particular light on some of the lesser-known films from one of the most important studios in British cinema history. The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection Vol. 1 (out on the 8th of April) contains early works from directors such as Carol Reed and Basil Dean and we’ve got a clip and a couple of rare production images from the wonderfully named Cheer Up! for you today.

A struggling playwright hopes to market a musical comedy that he has written in collaboration with another equally penurious composer. Anxious to secure the backing of a millionaire, the two composers only succeed in making him angry — until, following a chain of misunderstandings, they finally emerge triumphant.
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'Gandhi' director Attenborough moves to care home with wife

'Gandhi' director Attenborough moves to care home with wife
London, Mar 25: Lord Attenborough, the celebrated director of Oscar-winning film Gandhi, is reportedly living in a care home in London with his wife Sheila Sim.

According to his family, he is now too unwell to care for himself.

The couple is under full-time care by trained staff at a care home in west London, the Daily Express reported.

Earlier it had been reported that Attenborough, 89, and his actress wife Sim, 90, had sold their house in Richmond, south-west London, for 11.5million dollars.

Their son, Michael, has now confirmed that the family home had been sold and that his father has been at a care.
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Attenborough in care home

Attenborough in care home
London, March 25: British actor-filmmaker Richard Attenborough, who is battling ill health, has been moved into a care home here.

The 89-year-old is wheelchair-bound after a 2008 fall, and in 2012, he sold off the $18.4 million home he shared here with his wife Sheila Sim after deciding it was not "practical" to keep the mansion.

Sim was moved to a care home after she diagnosed with senile dementia, and now Attenborough has joined her in the facility, reports contactmusic.com.

"The family home has been sold and he has been at a care home with his wife since then," their son Michael told Britain's Sunday Mirror.

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