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Jessie Matthews (I) (1907–1981)


Born to a huge, poor family in Soho in London's West End, Jessie Matthews became a big stage star in the late 1920s and 1930s, enjoying some crossover success in musical films. Her career never quite relaunched after the war, though, but she staged a comeback when she replaced the lead actress in the radio soap "Mrs Dale's Diary" in the 1960s. Her... See full bio »

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Known For

Strauss' Great Waltz Resi Ebezeder
(1934)
First a Girl Elizabeth
(1935)
(1938)
There Goes the Bride Annette Marquand
(1932)

Filmography

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 1980 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Hazel
- A Picture of a Place (1980) ... Hazel
 1979 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Lady Bluett
- The Winter Ladies (1979) ... Lady Bluett
 1978 Edward & Mrs. Simpson (TV Mini Series)
Aunt Bessie Merryman
- The Abdication (1978) ... Aunt Bessie Merryman
- Proposals (1978) ... Aunt Bessie Merryman
- The Decision (1978) ... Aunt Bessie Merryman
- Venus at the Prow (1978) ... Aunt Bessie Merryman
 1978 The Hound of the Baskervilles
Mrs. Tinsdale
 1977 Jubilee (TV Series)
Nanny Webster
- Nanny's Boy (1977) ... Nanny Webster
 1976 Angels (TV Series)
Mrs. Toomey
- My Patient (1976) ... Mrs. Toomey
 1976 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)
Mrs. Heppley
- The Nicest Man in the World (1976) ... Mrs. Heppley
 1973 Dolly (TV Series)
Mrs. Wiggins
- The Other Lady (1973) ... Mrs. Wiggins
 1962 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Postmistress General
- The Apple Cart (1962) ... Postmistress General
 1959 Dinner with the Family (TV Movie)
 1958 Tom Thumb
The Parent: Anne
 1955 A Connecticut Yankee (TV Movie)
 1949 Sauce Tartare (TV Movie)
 1944 Candles at Nine
Dorothea Capper - Heiress
 1944 Victory Wedding (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1943 Forever and a Day
Mildred Trimble
 1938 Climbing High
Diana
 1938 Sailing Along
Kay Martin
 1937 Gangway
Pat Wayne
 1937 Head Over Heels in Love
Jeanne Colbert
 1936 It's Love Again
Elaine Bradford aka Mrs. Smythe-Smythe
 1935 First a Girl
Elizabeth
 1934 Evergreen
Harriet Green
 1934 Strauss' Great Waltz
Resi Ebezeder
 1933 Friday the Thirteenth
Millie the Non-Stop Variety Girl
 1933 The Man from Toronto
Leslie Farrar
 1933 The Good Companions
Susie Dean
 1932 Midshipmaid Gob
Celia Newbiggin
 1932 There Goes the Bride
Annette Marquand
 1931 Out of the Blue
Tommy Tucker
 1924 Straws in the Wind
The Village Maiden (uncredited)
 1923 This England
Edward, Prince of Wales
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Radio: Took over the role of "Mrs. Dale" in the long-running BBC Radio soap "Mrs. Dale's Diary". The program was canceled in 1969. Charles Simon was "Dr. Jim Dale". See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 5 Articles | 4 Pictorials | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)

Spouse:

Brian Lewis  (divorced) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

If I ceased to be a star, all that interest in my home life would evaporate, I believe. Perhaps it is the price one has to pay for being a star.

Trivia:

Had a son who died soon after he was born. See more »

Nickname:

The Dancing Divinity See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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