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Dame Wendy Hiller
5' 7" (1.7 m)
| Hiller, Frank
Did You Know?
[speaking in 1988, during the run of "Driving Miss Daisy", in which she played the title role] Luckily, West End audiences seem to rather like very old people. They think, 'My God, we saw her acting in the war and there she is still doing it,' and mentally they give you a sort of prize for sheer survival, as long as you turn up every night and remember most of the lines. Not that it ever gets any...
She was director Sidney Lumet
's second choice to play Princess Dragonmiroff in Murder on the Orient Express
(1974). His first choice was vetoed by the producers. Ingrid Bergman
was then offered the role and declined, instead choosing to play Greta Ohlsson. The role of the Princess was then offered to Hiller.
Her unique speaking voice - described as "at once crisp and quavering" - which made her adept at playing imperious or stately characters.