Anne Heywood

Anne Heywood (born 11 December 1931) is a British film actress, who is best known for her performance in The Fox.[1]

Anne Heywood
Heywood with Gregory Peck in The Chairman, 1969
Violet Joan Pretty

(1931-12-11) 11 December 1931
Years active19511989
Raymond Stross
(m. 1960; his death 1988)

George Danzig Druke
(m. 1990)
ChildrenMark Stross (b. 1963)

Early life and career

Born as Violet Joan Pretty[2] in Handsworth, Birmingham, she won the Miss Great Britain title under her real name in 1950.

At one time she was the personal assistant of Radio's Talent Spotter Carroll Levis, a show which toured the main theatres throughout Britain. Later she also attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She began acting in films in the early 1950s, first in supporting roles but gradually evolving into a leading lady.

One of her more prominent film roles was in a film adaptation of a D. H. Lawrence novel, The Fox, co-starring Sandy Dennis, made in 1967, which caused controversy at the time due to its lesbian theme.[3] In the 1970s, she appeared in several giallo-type thrillers made in Italy.

Her career declined in the 1980s. Her penultimate role was in a two-part episode of the popular United States television series The Equalizer, which starred actor Edward Woodward, in 1988 as Manon Brevard Marcel.

Personal life

Heywood was married to producer Raymond Stross, who produced most of her movies; including A Terrible Beauty, The Brain, The Very Edge, Ninety Degrees in the Shade, The Fox, Midas Run, I Want What I Want, and Good Luck Miss Wyckoff.

After Stross died in 1988, Heywood retired and has never appeared onscreen since. In 1990, she married her second husband, George Danzig Druke, a former Assistant Attorney General of New York State.[4] The couple resides in Beverly Hills, California.


Year Film Role Notes
1951 Lady Godiva Rides Again Dorothy Marlowe (beauty contestant) (as Violet Pretty)
1956 Find the Lady Receptionist
Checkpoint Gabriela
1957 The Depraved Laura Wilton
Doctor at Large Emerald
Dangerous Exile Glynis
1958 Violent Playground Catherine Murphy
1959 The Heart of a Man Julie
Floods of Fear Elizabeth Matthews
Upstairs and Downstairs Kate
1960 Carthage in Flames Fulvia
A Terrible Beauty Neeve Donnelly
1961 Petticoat Pirates Chief Officer Anne Stevens
1962 Stork Talk Lisa Vernon
The Brain Anna Holt
1963 The Very Edge Tracey Lawrence
1965 Ninety Degrees in the Shade Alena Nominated — Golden Globe Nominee for Best English-Language Foreign Film
1967 The Fox Ellen March Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1969 The Lady of Monza Virginia de Leyva Winner — Maschera D'Argento (Silver Mask) Award – Best Actress (Italy)
Midas Run Sylvia Giroux
The Chairman Kay Hanna
1972 The Killer Is on the Phone Eleanor Loraine
I Want What I Want Roy/Wendy
1973 The Nun and the Devil Mother Giulia
Trader Horn Nicole Mercer
1974 Love Under the Elms Entered into the 25th Berlin International Film Festival
1979 Ring of Darkness Carlotta Rhodes Also known as Satan's Wife
Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff Evelyn Wyckoff
1984 What Waits Below Frieda Shelley

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title of work Result
1968 Golden Globe Best Actress - Drama The Fox Nominated
1968 Laurel Award Female Dramatic Performance The Fox 5th place

Further reading

  • Weedman, Christopher (January 2017). "Anne Heywood: Britain's Daring Beauty". Cinema Retro: 56–59.


  1. "Anne Heywood". Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  2. Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 83.
  3. Sterritt, David. "The Fox". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  4. Noble, Peter (18 August 1990). "In Confidence". Screen International.
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