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Edna Best (1900–1974)


Genteel, ladylike British actress who was a much respected theatrical star in the 1920s and '30s, both in her own country and in the United States. Born in March 1900 in Hove, Sussex, she took to the stage at the age of seventeen as Ela Delahay in 'Charley's Aunt'. She played Peter Pan three years later and married the first of her actor husbands,... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Known For

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Martha Huggins
(1947)
The Man Who Knew Too Much
(1934)
The Late George Apley
The Late George Apley Catherine Apley
(1947)
South Riding
South Riding Sarah Burton
(1938)

Filmography

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 1959 Berkeley Square (TV Movie)
Lady Anne Pettigrew
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series)
Ethel Gibbons
- This Happy Breed (1956) ... Ethel Gibbons
 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Dorothy Redford
- Counterfeit (1955) ... Dorothy Redford
 1955 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Pauline Martin
- P.J. Martin and Son (1955) ... Pauline Martin
 1951 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
Millie Drake
- Old Acquaintance (1951) ... Millie Drake
 1948 The Iron Curtain
Mrs. Albert Foster
 1947 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Martha Huggins
 1947 The Late George Apley
Catherine Apley
 1940 A Dispatch from Reuters
Ida Magnus
 1940 Swiss Family Robinson
Elizabeth Robinson
 1939 Intermezzo: A Love Story
Margit Brandt
 1938 Love from a Stranger (TV Movie)
Cecily Harrington
 1938 Prison Without Bars
Yvonne Chanel
 1938 South Riding
Sarah Burton
 1934 The Man Who Knew Too Much
Jill Lawrence
 1934 The Key
Norah Kerr
 1932 Faithful Hearts
Blackie Anderway / Blackie's Daughter
 1931 Michael and Mary
Mary Rowe
 1931 Bachelor's Folly
Jill Panniford
 1930 Beyond the Cities
Mary Hayes
 1930 Escape!
Shingled Lady
 1930 Loose Ends
Nina Grant
 1930 Sleeping Partners
She
 1923 A Couple of Down and Outs
Molly Roarke
 1921 Tilly of Bloomsbury
Tilly Welwyn

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She acted in J.B. Priestley's play, "Johnson Over Jordan", at the New Theatre in London, England with Ralph Richardson, Victoria Hopper and Albert Chevalier in the cast. Basil Dean was the director. Benjamin Britten was the musical director. See more »

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Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Father: Leonard W. Best; Mother: Claire Romaire. See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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