Benita Hume

Benita Hume (14 October 1907 1 November 1967)[1] was an English theatre and film actress. She appeared in 44 films between 1925 and 1955, from the silent film era to sound film.

Benita Hume
Born(1906-10-14)14 October 1906
London, England
Died1 November 1967(1967-11-01) (aged 60)
Egerton, Kent, England
Resting placeKent County Crematorium, Charing, Kent, England
Years active1925–1956

Life and career

She was married to film actor Ronald Colman from 1938 to his death in 1958; they were the parents of a daughter, Juliet. She starred with Colman in both versions of the situation comedy The Halls of Ivy, an NBC Radio programme (1950–1952) and a CBS Television show (1954–1955). She also made occasional guest appearances with her husband on The Jack Benny Show on radio, where the Colmans were portrayed as Benny's long-suffering next-door neighbours, a role they reprised once on his television show. After Ronald Colman's death, she married actor George Sanders in 1959 and they remained together until her death in 1967.


Sanders originally was signed to play Sheridan Whiteside in the musical Sherry!, but when Hume became terminally ill with cancer, he withdrew from the project.[2] Hume died in Kent from bone cancer, aged 60.

Partial filmography


  1. "BENITA HUME, 60, ACTRESS, IS DEAD; Mrs. George Sanders Was Ronald Colman's Widow". New York Times. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  2. James Lipton. Inside Inside (2007), Dutton, ISBN 0-525-95035-4, p. 155
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