Margaret Rutherford (1892–1972)


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Rare is the reference to Margaret Rutherford that doesn't characterize her as either jut-chinned, eccentric, or both. The combination of those most mundane of attributes has led some to suggest that she was made for the role of Agatha Christie's indomitable sleuth, Jane Marple, whom Rutherford portrayed in four films between 1961 and 1964 plus in ... See full bio »

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Known For

The V.I.P.s The Duchess of Brighton
(1963)
Murder She Said Miss Jane Marple
(1961)
Blithe Spirit Madame Arcati
(1945)
Murder at the Gallop Miss Jane Marple
(1963)

Filmography

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 1970 The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens (TV Movie)
Miss La Creevy (rehearsed only)
 1970 The Virgin and the Gypsy
Grandma (scenes deleted)
 1967 Arabella
Princess Ilaria
 1967 The Wacky World of Mother Goose
Mother Goose (voice)
 1967 A Countess from Hong Kong
Miss Gaulswallow
 1966 Jackanory (TV Series)
Storyteller
- The Tale of Beatrix Potter (1966) ... Storyteller
- The Tale of Mr. Tod (1966) ... Storyteller
- The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1966) ... Storyteller
- The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1966) ... Storyteller
- The Tale of Little Pig Robinson (1966) ... Storyteller
 1965 The Alphabet Murders
Miss Jane Marple (uncredited)
 1965 Chimes at Midnight
Mistress Quickly
 1964 Murder Ahoy
Miss Jane Marple
 1964 Murder Most Foul
Miss Jane Marple
 1963 The V.I.P.s
The Duchess of Brighton
 1963 Murder at the Gallop
Miss Jane Marple
 1963 The Mouse on the Moon
Grand Duchess Gloriana XIII
 1957-1963 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mary Smith / Duchess
- The Kidnapping of Mary Smith (1963) ... Mary Smith
- Time Remembered (1957) ... Duchess
 1962 Zero One (TV Series)
Mrs. Pendenny
- The Liar (1962) ... Mrs. Pendenny
 1961 Murder She Said
Miss Jane Marple
 1961 On the Double
Lady Vivian
 1960 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Emily Blagdon
- The Two Wise Virgins of Hove (1960) ... Emily Blagdon
 1960 The Day After Tomorrow (TV Movie)
Amy Carr
 1959 I'm All Right Jack
Aunt Dolly
 1959 Farewell, Farewell, Eugene (TV Movie)
Miverva Goody
 1950-1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Lady Proudfoot / Miss Constance Hargreaves
- The Noble Spaniard (1958) ... Lady Proudfoot
- Miss Hargreaves (1950) ... Miss Constance Hargreaves
 1957 Just My Luck
Mrs. Dooley
 1957 Dick and the Duchess (TV Series)
Cynthia Gordon
- The Kissing Bandit (1957) ... Cynthia Gordon
 1957 Big Time Operators
Mrs. Fazackalee
 1956 A Likely Tale (TV Movie)
Mirabelle Petersham
 1955 An Alligator Named Daisy
Prudence Croquet
 1954 Aunt Clara
Clara Hilton
 1954 Mad About Men
Nurse Carey
 1954 The Runaway Bus
Miss Cynthia Beeston
 1953 Trouble in Store
Miss Bacon
 1953 Innocents in Paris
Gwladys Inglott
 1952 Miss Robin Hood
Miss Honey
 1952 Castle in the Air
Miss Nicholson
 1952 The Importance of Being Earnest
Miss Letitia Prism
 1952 Curtain Up
Catherine Beckwith / Jeremy St. Clair
 1951 The Magic Box
Lady Pond
 1950 The Taming of Dorothy
Mrs. Dotherington
 1950 The Happiest Days of Your Life
Muriel Whitchurch
 1949 Passport to Pimlico
Professor Hatton-Jones
 1948 Miranda
Nurse Carey
 1947 Meet Me at Dawn
Madame Vernorel
 1947 While the Sun Shines
Dr. Winifred Frye
 1946 The Importance of Being Earnest (TV Movie)
Lady Bracknell
 1945 Blithe Spirit
Madame Arcati
 1944 Her Man Gilbey
Lady Christabel Beauclerk
 1943 Adventure for Two
Rowena Ventnor
 1943 Yellow Canary
Mrs. Towcester
 1941 Quiet Wedding
Second Magistrate
 1941 Three Wise Brides
Aunt Bijou
 1938 Spring Meeting (TV Movie)
Bijou Furze
 1938 Have You Brought Your Music? (TV Movie)
Ms. Massingberd
 1937 Missing, Believed Married
Lady Parke
 1937 Catch As Catch Can
Maggie Carberry
 1937 Big Fella
Nanny (uncredited)
 1937 Beauty and the Barge
Mrs. Baldwin
 1936 Talk of the Devil
Housekeeper
 1936 Hideout in the Alps
Miss Butterby
 1936 Troubled Waters
Bit Role (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in "William Shakespeare's Birthday Night Celebration" at the Old Vic Theatre (Royal Victorian Hall) in London, England with Baliol Holloway, Ernest Milton, Sir Ben Greet, Sir Robert Atkins, Esmond Knight, Ion Swinley, Frank Vosper, Wilfrid Walter, Marie Ney, Lady Benson, Horace Sequeira, Beatrice Wilson, Dame Edith ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 8 Print Biographies | 9 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dame Margaret Rutherford

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)

Spouse:

Stringer Davis  (her death)
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Personal Quote:

How I would love to have been a great traditional actress like Bernhardt, Duse, or Ellen Terry. There have been so many parts I yearned to play. See more »

Trivia:

She was offered the role of Miss La Creevy in The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens (1970). Margaret also rehearsed the part in her home in the presence of Ned Sherrin and Anthony Hopkins. Having been unwell for quite a while, she didn't manage to remember her lines and was therefore replaced. See more »

Trademark:

Playing eccentric characters

Star Sign:

Taurus

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