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Anna Neagle (1904–1986)

Dame Anna Neagle, the endearingly popular British star during WWII, was born Florence Marjorie Robertson and began dancing as a professional in chorus lines at age 14. She starred with actor Jack Buchanan in the musical "Stand Up and Sing" in the West End and earned her big break when producer/director Herbert Wilcox, who had caught the show ... See full bio »

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Known For

Odette Odette Sansom / Lise
No, No, Nanette Nanette
Maytime in Mayfair Eileen Grahame
Bitter Sweet Sarah Millick / Sari Linden


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 1983 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Fanny Soane
- The Tribute (1983) ... Fanny Soane
 1962-1964 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Miss Calvert / Reverend Mother
- Shadow in the Sun (1964) ... Miss Calvert
- A Letter from the General (1962) ... Reverend Mother
 1960 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Stella Felby
- The More the Merrier (1960) ... Stella Felby
 1959 The Lady Is a Square
Frances Baring
 1958 The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
Mary Randall, Q.C.
 1957 No Time for Tears
Matron Eleanor Hammond
 1956 Teenage Bad Girl
Valerie Carr
 1955 King's Rhapsody
Marta Karillos
 1954 Let's Make Up
Carole Beaumont / Lillian Grey / Nell Gwynn / ...
 1953 The Glorious Days (TV Movie)
Carol Beaumont / Queen Victoria / Lilian Grey
 1952 Derby Day
Lady Helen Forbes
 1951 The Lady with a Lamp
Florence Nightingale
 1950 Odette
Odette Sansom / Lise
 1949 Maytime in Mayfair
Eileen Grahame
 1948 Elizabeth of Ladymead
Beth in 1854 / Elizabeth in 1903 / Betty in 1919 / ...
 1948 Spring in Park Lane
 1947 Katy's Love Affair
Kate O'Halloran
 1946 Piccadilly Incident
Diana Fraser
 1945 A Yank in London
Lady Patricia Fairfax
 1943 Yellow Canary
Sally Maitland
 1943 Forever and a Day
Susan Trenchard
 1942 Wings and the Woman
Amy Johnson
 1941 Sunny
Sunny O'Sullivan
 1940 No, No, Nanette
 1940 Irene
Irene O'Dare
 1939 Nurse Edith Cavell
Nurse Edith Cavell
 1938 Queen of Destiny
Queen Victoria
 1937 Victoria the Great
Queen Victoria
 1937 Backstage
Marjorie Kaye
 1937 Girl in the Street
 1936 The Show Goes On
 1935 Peg of Old Drury
Peg Woffington
 1934 Nell Gwyn
Nell Gwyn
 1934 Runaway Queen
Queen Nadina
 1933 Bitter Sweet
Sarah Millick / Sari Linden
 1933 The Little Damozel
Julie Alardy
 1932 The Flag Lieutenant
Hermione Wynne
 1932 Magic Night
 1930 Should a Doctor Tell?
Muriel Ashton
 1930 The Chinese Bungalow
 1930 School for Scandal
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1929 Those Who Love
Bit Role (uncredited)
Show Show Producer (9 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (5 credits)
Show Show Self (30 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)

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Other Works:

She acted in Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical, "My Fair Lady," at the Adelphi Theatre in London, England with Liz Robertson, Tony Britton, Peter Bayliss, and Richard Caldicot in the cast. Robin Midgeley was director. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 17 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Dame Anna Neagle


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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[Asked in a 1985 interview if her films had a feminist point of view] "Instinctively, yes, not consciously. I feel very strongly for women's emancipation. Now it's accepted, of course, but at the time some of the characters I played lived, it wasn't accepted.


She had two roles in common with Fay Compton: (1) Neagle played Queen Victoria in Victoria the Great (1937) and Queen of Destiny (1938) while Compton played her in The Prime Minister (1941) and Journey to the Unknown: Poor Butterfly (1969) and (2) Compton played Florence Nightingale in Wrath of Jealousy (1936) while Neagle played her in The Lady with a Lamp (1951). See more »

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