Beryl Measor

Beryl Measor, (22 April 1908 – 8 February 1965) was an English actress. She was born in Shanghai,[1] and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[2] She was a star pupil, winning the RADA Silver Medal in 1931.[3]

Among her stage roles was Madame Arcati in the original production of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, succeeding Margaret Rutherford in the part, during the record-breaking run.[4] She originated two roles in other plays by Coward: Edie in This Happy Breed and the central character's wise and long-suffering secretary, Monica Reed, in Present Laughter, both in 1942.[5] In 1957 she was nominated for a Tony award as Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Miss Cooper in Terence Rattigan's Separate Tables on Broadway.[6]

Measor was married to the actor Terence De Marney. She died in London at the age of 56.[1]

Film and television roles

  • Almost a Honeymoon– Mabel, the barmaid (1938)
  • Richard of Bordeaux– Countess of Derby (1938)
  • English Without Tears– Miss Faljambe (1944)
  • Dual Alibi– Gwen (1947)
  • Odd Man Out – Maudie (1947)
  • The Mark of Cain – Nurse Brand (1947)
  • While the Sun Shines– Woman in train (1947)
  • Blithe Spirit Madame Arcati (1948)
  • Esther Waters – Mrs Spires (1948)
  • Morning Star – Amarilla Arbuthnot (1956)
  • Please Murder Me – cast member (1958)
  • Uncle Harry– Hester Quincey (1958)
  • How Did He Get It?– Mrs Proudie (1959)
  • No Wreath for the General Episode 3 – middle-aged woman (1960)
Source: British Film Institute.[1]

Notes

  1. "Beryl Measor", British Film Institute, retrieved 19 March 2014
  2. "Royal Academy of Dramatic Art", The Times, 31 July 1930, p. 12
  3. "Royal Academy of Dramatic Art", The Times, 8 August 1931, p. 8
  4. "Theatres", The Times, 29 June 1942, p. 6
  5. Coward, unnumbered introductory page
  6. "Beryl Measor search" Archived 2016-08-31 at the Wayback Machine, Tony Awards, retrieved 19 March 2014

References

  • Beryl Measor on IMDb 
  • Coward, Noël (1994). Plays, Four. London: Methuen. ISBN 0413461203.




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