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Overview (4)

Born in Broseley, Shropshire, England, UK
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (stroke)
Birth NameHermione Youlanda Ruby Clinton-Baddeley
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A brash character actress who specialized in cinema, television, and theater, Hermione Youlanda Ruby Clinton-Baddeley was born on November 13, 1906 in Broseley, Shropshire. She was the youngest of four sisters - including Angela Baddeley, also an actress - and her half-brother, Very Rev William Baddeley, was a Church of England Minister.

Not much is known about Baddeley's early life. She made her stage debut in 1918, and became popular in London stage comedies and revues prior to World War II, known for her dancing talent and natural comic ability. She memorably performed several times with Hermione Gingold. Baddeley made her film debut in 1927, with a role in the extremely obscure silent comedy A Daughter in Revolt (1927), but didn't come to attention until twenty years later, when she portrayed the affable but blowzy Ida in the film noir Brighton Rock (1948).

Known for her memorable character roles, Baddeley dabbled in such movies as Passport to Pimlico (1949), A Christmas Carol (1951), Tom Brown's Schooldays (1951), The Pickwick Papers (1952), The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954), Mary Poppins (1964), and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her acid-tongued performance in Room at the Top (1959). At two minutes and thirty-two seconds, it is the shortest performance to ever be nominated for the award.

Baddeley became a household favorite for her role as irritable cockney housekeeper Mrs. Naugatuck on the '70s comedy series Maude (1972). She landed guest spots on multiple other shows, including but not limited to Hancock's Half Hour (1956), The Patty Duke Show (1963), Bewitched (1964), Night Gallery (1969), The Bionic Woman (1976), The Love Boat (1977), Charlie's Angels (1976), Wonder Woman (1975), Fantasy Island (1977), and Magnum, P.I. (1980).

Baddeley's two marriages failed, and she had a daughter, Pauline Tennant, from her first. She was in a long-term relationship with actor Laurence Harvey until he left her for Margaret Leighton, and died on August 19, 1986 at the age of 79 following a series of strokes.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

'Major J.H. Willis' (December 1940 - 1946) ( divorced)
Hon. David Pax Tennant (16 April 1928 - 6 May 1937) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Her thick Cockney accent - droping h's

Trivia (19)

Younger sister of Angela Baddeley.
Autobiography 1984 "The Unsinkable Hermione Baddeley"
George Bernard Shaw reportedly so enjoyed her performance in his play, "Heartbreak House", that he suggested she change her surname from Baddeley to Goodeley.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1963 Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore."
Was descended from British revolutionary war general Sir Henry Clinton.
Best known in the States for her bawdy housekeeper Mrs. Naugatuck on the feminist comedy Maude (1972).
Hermione's first husband was the Honourable David Pax Tennant, a descendant of William the Conqueror.
Had a long, involved relationship with actor Laurence Harvey. They appeared together in the film Room at the Top (1959) and she received an Oscar nomination as "Best Supporting Actress" nomination for her portrayal of Simone Signoret's best friend, music teacher Elspeth. With under three minutes of screen time, her role had the shortest amount of screen time ever to be nominated.
Mother of actress/poet Pauline Tennant and David Edward Wyndham Tennant.
Her first U.S. appearance came on Broadway when she replaced Angela Lansbury in "A Taste of Honey".
Second husband, Major J.H. Willis, was Commander of the U.S.S. Henrico from November 1943 to May 1945. He was decorated at one point with the award of Military Cross.
Sister-in-law of Glen Byam Shaw.
Can be seen playing Doll Tearsheet with her sister Angela Baddeley as Mistress Quickly in Henry IV (episode 3) in the DVD box "An Age of Kings - the History Plays of William Shakespeare".
The youngest of four sisters, she appeared on stage from the age of sixteen, acting and dancing in comedies and Noel Coward revues.
Cousin of actor Dennis Clinton.
Interred with her first husband Hon. David Pax Tennant at St Michael's Churchyard in Wilsford (Salisbury), Wiltshire.
Daughter of William (1867-1929) and Louise (née Bourdin) Clinton-Baddeley (1872-1932).
Maternal granddaughter of Mark (1826-1874) and Maria (née Oakley) Bourdin (1830-1929).
Often paired in stage revues with Hermione Gingold; they also made occasional films together. However, in real life they were emphatically not friends and often made rude remarks about each other.

Personal Quotes (3)

I have spent most of my life working in the theatre - which is always my greatest love, but the films and television were the providers of the little luxuries of life.
[on her real-life romance with Laurence Harvey] Life with him was exciting and funny, but he was consumed with a hunger to have everything--fame, fortune, all the riches of life. It was as if he knew there was only so much time alloted to him.
[on Laurence Harvey] I think I shall risk the halibut. It can't be too awful, can it? After you've lived with Laurence Harvey, nothing in life is ever really too awful again.

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