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Kay Walsh

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Kay Walsh  (born Kathleen Walsh, 15 November 1911,Chelsea, London, England; died 16 April 2005, Chelsea, London) was an English actress and dancer. She grew up in Pimlico, brought up by her grandmother. She began her career as a dancer in West End music halls. Walsh made her film debut in How's Chances? (1934) in a small part, and had a larger role in another 1934 film, Get Your Man. She continued to act in "quota quickies" films for several years. Walsh first met David Lean, then a film editor, in 1936, during the filming of Secret Of Stamboul. They began a relationship and Walsh broke off her engagement to Pownell Pellew. Walsh and Lean married on 23 November 1940. She moved on to higher-prestige films with appearances in two Noel Coward-scripted films, In Which We Serve (1942) and This Happy Breed (1944), both directed by Lean. Walsh had campaigned for Lean to receive co-director credit on In Which We Serve. Walsh contributed dialogue to the 1938 film of Pygmalion, and also devised the scenario for the closing sequence of Lean's film adaptation of Great Expectations (1946), for which she received a writing credit on the latter film. She also devised the opening sequence of Lean's adaptation of Oliver Twist (1948), as well as performing the role of Nancy. Walsh and Lean divorced in 1949, on grounds of infidelity based on Lean's relationship with Ann Todd. Walsh continued to work as a character actress in films through the 1950s, including films with Alfred Hitchcock and Ronald Neame. Her own favourite film role was that of the barmaid Miss D. Coker in Neame's 1958 film of The Horse's Mouth, with Alec Guinness. Between films, she appeared regularly in plays and farces at the Strand and Aldwych Theatres, directed by Basil Dean. She was a semi-regular on the 1979 Anglo-Polish TV series Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. She remained active in films until her retirement in 1981, after the film Night Crossing. Walsh later lived in retirement in London. She died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital from multiple burns, following an accident, aged 93. Her second marriage was to the Canadian psychologist Elliott Jaques, and they adopted a daughter, Gemma, in 1956. This marriage also ended in divorce. Description above from the Wikipedia article Kay Walsh, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Aug 27, 1914 In Chelsea, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie A Little Bit of Bluff 1935-05-02
Latest Project:
Series Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson 1979-10-15
Known For
Poster of Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow
Poster of The Rainbow Jacket
Poster of Oliver Twist
Poster of In Which We Serve
Series Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson Mrs. Watson 1979-10-15
Movie The Ruling Class Mrs. Piggott-Jones 1972-09-13
Movie Connecting Rooms Mrs. Brent 1970-05-01
Movie Taste of Excitement Miss Barrow 1970-01-01
Movie The Virgin and the Gypsy Aunt Cissie 1970-06-01
Movie Scrooge Mrs. Fezziwig 1970-11-05
Movie Bikini Paradise Harriet Pembroke 1967-05-03
Series ABC Stage 67 Unknown 1966-09-14
Movie The Witches Stephanie Bax 1966-11-21
Series Gideon's Way Unknown 1965-03-18
Movie A Study in Terror Cathy Eddowes 1965-10-01
Movie The Beauty Jungle Mrs. Freeman 1964-08-25
Movie Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow Mrs. Waggett 1963-12-06
Series The Human Jungle Unknown 1963-03-30
Movie 80,000 Suspects Matron 1963-08-15
Movie Reach for Glory Mrs. Curlew 1962-04-14
Movie Lunch Hour The Manageress 1962-01-01
Movie The L-Shaped Room Prostitute (uncredited) 1962-11-20
Movie Tunes of Glory Mary Titterington 1960-09-17
Movie The Horse's Mouth Dee Coker 1958-11-11
Movie Now and Forever Miss Muir 1956-09-10
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Cast a Dark Shadow Charlotte Young 1955-09-20
Movie The Rainbow Jacket Barbara Crain 1954-05-27
Movie Lease of Life Mrs. Vera Thorne 1954-10-18
Movie Young Bess Mrs. Ashley 1953-05-29
Movie The Magic Box Hotel Receptionist 1952-01-01
Movie Meet Me Tonight Lily Pepper 1952-09-09
Movie Hunted Mrs. Sykes 1952-03-17
Movie Encore Miss Molly Reid 1951-06-11
Movie The Magnet Mrs Brent 1950-10-01
Movie Stage Fright Nellie Goode 1950-02-23
Movie Last Holiday Mrs. Poole 1950-05-15
Movie Vice Versa Florence 'Fanny' Verlane 1948-01-28
Movie Oliver Twist Nancy 1948-06-28
Movie The October Man Molly Newman 1947-08-28
Movie This Happy Breed Queenie Gibbons 1944-05-28
Movie In Which We Serve Freda Lewis / Freda 1942-09-17
Movie The Chinese Bungalow Sadie Merivale 1940-04-06
Movie The Middle Watch Fay Eaton 1940-05-11
Movie The Missing People Peggy Gillette 1939-05-01
Movie Sons of the Sea Alison Devar 1939-12-23
Movie I See Ice Judy Gaye 1938-02-10
Movie Keep Fit Joan Allen 1937-07-31
Movie All That Glitters Eve Payne-Coade 1936-12-01
Movie Secret of Stamboul Diana 1936-10-05
Movie A Little Bit of Bluff Enid's Friend (uncredited) 1935-05-02