Elizabeth Inglis

Elizabeth Inglis (born Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins, 10 July 1913 – 25 August 2007), also known as Elizabeth Earl, was an English actress, known for her role in The Letter.

Elizabeth Inglis
Inglis (left) working at the Stage Door Canteen in New York City (1944)
Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins[1]

(1913-07-10)July 10, 1913
Colchester, Essex, England
DiedAugust 25, 2007(2007-08-25) (aged 94)
Years active1934–1986
Sylvester "Pat" Weaver
(m. 1942; his death 2002)
ChildrenTrajan Victor Charles Weaver (born 1945)[2]
Sigourney Weaver

Life and career

Inglis was born Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins in Colchester, Essex, the daughter of Margaret Inglis (née Hunt) and Alan George Hawkins. Her screen debut was in the 1934 film, Borrowed Clothes. She then had a small part in The 39 Steps (1935) as Hilary Jordan.

She played the role of the young maid Nancy in the original British production of Patrick Hamilton's Victorian stage thriller Gas Light, which premiered December 5, 1938, and closed June 10, 1939, after a total of 141 performances.[3] Inglis and the rest of the cast recreated their stage roles for a 1939 television presentation performed live on BBC Television.[4]

In Hollywood, Inglis played the role of Adele Ainsworth in William Wyler's 1940 film The Letter. By this time she was billed under the pseudonym/stage name Elizabeth Earl.[5][6]


In 1942, she married Sylvester "Pat" Weaver, an American radio advertising executive. He was president of NBC television between 1953 and 1955. He is credited with helping to reshape broadcasting during the 1940s and 1950s as television overtook radio as America's dominant form of home entertainment.


After marrying Weaver, Inglis retired from acting altogether. The couple had two children, one of whom, Susan, became actress Sigourney Weaver. A photograph of Inglis was seen in a deleted scene in Aliens as Weaver's character's elderly grown daughter, Amanda Ripley.[7]


Inglis died on August 25, 2007, in Santa Barbara, California, aged 94.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1934 Borrowed Clothes Barbara
1935 The 39 Steps Pat, Professor Jordan's Daughter Uncredited
1937 Thunder in the City Dolly
1937 Landslide Vera Grant
1937 Museum Mystery Ruth Carter
1939 Gas Light Nancy TV movie
1940 My Love Came Back Party Guest Uncredited
1940 River's End Linda Conniston Credited as Elizabeth Earl[5]
1940 The Letter Adele Ainsworth Credited as Elizabeth Earl[5]
1945 Tonight and Every Night Joan Uncredited, Offscreen credit (as Elizabeth Inglise)[8]
1986 Aliens Amanda Ripley Likeness was used in the Special Edition of Aliens
Uncredited, (final film role)


  1. "Obituaries". LA Times. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  2. http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/203050%7C0/Sigourney-Weaver/family.html
  3. Wearing, J. P. (2014). The London Stage 1930–1939: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 740. ISBN 9780810893047.
  4. "Gaslight (1939)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  5. "Elizabeth Earl". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  6. Lentz, Harris M., III (2008). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2007. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland and Company. p. 176. ISBN 9780786451913.
  7. Ridley Scott, James Cameron, H. R. Giger, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett (2002). The Alien Saga (DVD). Prometheus Entertainment.
  8. "Tonight and Every Night". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
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