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Overview (4)

Born in London, England, UK
Died in London, England, UK  (kidney disease)
Birth NameDorothy Isobel Cox
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of the outstanding stage actresses of her time, Diana Wynyard will always be remembered for her unforgettable performance in the British version of the thriller Gaslight (1940) (re-made in Hollywood in 1944 with Ingrid Bergman). Starring opposite the great Anton Walbrook, she played the part of terrorized Bella Mallen (driven to the point of insanity by her evil husband) with an ethereal, haunted fragility. Diana Wynyard was educated at the Woodford School in Croydon and first appeared on the stage in London in 1925, debuting in 'Sorry, You've been Troubled' as Lady Sheridan. She soon became one of the great stars of the British theatre with a wide-ranging repertoire, which included Shakespeare, Chekhov and Shaw. In 1937, she played Eliza Doolittle in 'Pygmalion'.

In 1932, she was signed to a contract at MGM and was cast opposite the three Barrymores in Rasputin and the Empress (1932). However, her best performance was with Clive Brook in Noël Coward's Cavalcade (1933), for which she received an Academy Award nomination. The New York Times (June 6, 1933) remarked, "Miss Wynyard is excellent as Jane Marryot. She portrays her role with such sympathy and feeling that one scarcely thinks of her as an actress". Another review of Diana Wynyard, this time for One More River (1934), described her acting as 'stirringly sincere'. Her Hollywood career lasted only two years before the actress returned to England. She gave other sensitive performances in The Prime Minister (1941), with John Gielgud as Benjamin Disraeli, and The Remarkable Mr. Kipps (1941), with Michael Redgrave, both directed by Carol Reed. Her subsequent marriage to Reed lasted just four years. Diana Wynyard appeared in smaller supporting roles during the 1950s and, in keeping with her confession "I don't really want to be a film star", gradually returned to the Shakespearean stage. One of her last significant screen roles was as James Mason's mother in Island in the Sun (1957).

On stage, she played Beatrice, first opposite Anthony Quayle and later John Gielgud, in 'Much ado about nothing' (Australian tour, 1949-50). Other parts included Katherine in 'The Taming of the Shrew' and Hermione in 'The Winter's Tale'. Diana was awarded a CBE in 1953 for her contribution to the theatre. She never stopped working and gave her final performance as Gertrude to Peter O'Toole's Hamlet.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (2)

Dr. Tibor Csato (15 November 1951 - 18 March 1958) ( divorced)
Carol Reed (3 February 1943 - 1947) ( divorced)

Trivia (4)

She died from renal disease in London in 1964, aged 58, while rehearsing "The Master Builder" with Michael Redgrave and Maggie Smith as part of the new National Theatre Company. Celia Johnson replaced her.
Her last television performance was in the play "The Man in the Panama Hat", which was recorded in March 1964. Her death occurred before the intended broadcast in May 1964, and it was eventually shown posthumously on 21 September 1964.
She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1953 Queen's New Year Honours List for her services to drama.
She was the first British actress to put her prints on the Grauman's Chinese Theater forecourt.

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