Georgina Cookson

Antoinette Georgina Cookson (19 December 1918 1 October 2011) was a British film, stage and television actress.[1] She died in Sydney, aged 92, on 1 October 2011.[2]

Georgina Cookson
Born(1918-12-19)19 December 1918
Died1 October 2011(2011-10-01) (aged 92)
Other namesAntoinette Georgina Cookson
Years active19451983

Family

Cookson was the daughter of racing driver Roger Cookson and Sybil Taylor. Her mother, using the pseudonym Sydney Tremayne, was a novelist and contributed to The Tatler. Cookson left Benenden School at the age of 15 to train at RADA.[3]

She was married four times; she was twice divorced and twice widowed. She had two children, a son and a daughter.[3]

Theatre

After graduating from RADA, she found constant work in both the regions and the West End theatre, appearing alongside Hermione Gingold in the wartime revue Rise Above It at the ‘Q’ (1940) and at the Comedy Theatre (1941). In the same decade, she was in Love Goes to Press, with Irene Worth, at the Embassy Theatre (in Swiss Cottage) and Duchess Theatre (1946) and briefly on Broadway the following year; School for Spinsters (Criterion Theatre, 1947), Portrait of Hickory (Embassy, 1948) and opposite Jack Buchanan in Don’t Listen, Ladies! at the St James's Theatre in 1949.

She was no less busy in the '50s, with appearances in Lionel Shapiro’s The Bridge for Bristol Old Vic (1952); 13 for Dinner (Duke of York's Theatre, 1953); the world premier of I Capture the Castle, with Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers and Roger Moore, which opened at Grand Theatre, Blackpool before transferring to the Aldwych Theatre in 1954; and Robert Morley’s Six Months’ Grace (Phoenix Theatre, 1957). Her last stage roles included a national tour of My Fair Lady in 1988 and, alongside Peggy Mount and Jack Douglas, A Breath of Spring in 1990.[4]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1945 I Didn't Do It Willow Thane
1948 Woman Hater Julia
1954 Solution by Phone Frances Hanborough
1957 The Naked Truth Lady Lucy Mayley AKA, Your Past Is Showing
1958 A Question of Adultery Mrs. Duncan
1959 The Treasure of San Teresa Billie
1959 The Shakedown Miss Firbank
1960 Your Money or Your Wife Thelma Cressingdon
1962 Live Now, Pay Later Lucy
1965 Catacombs Ellen Garth AKA, The Woman Who Wouldn't Die
1965 Darling Carlotta Hale
1969 Walk a Crooked Path Imogen Dreeper

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1947 Fortunato Constanza Hidalgo TV short
1948 The Dover Road Eustasia TV film
1948 The Happy Marriage Prudence Naish TV film
1949 Sarah Simple Sarah TV film
1949 By Candlelight Lulu Keck TV film
1952 Lovers' Leap Sarah Traille TV film
1953 It's You I Want Constance Gilbert TV film
1954 Saber of London Muriel "The Secret Place"
1955 The Water Gipsies Fay Meadows TV film
1957 Getting Married Lesbia Grantham TV film
1957 Theatre Night Lorna Loveday "Six Months' Grace"
1957 Educated Evans Lady Brenda Herbans "High Society"
1958 Sunday Night Theatre Mme. Pouchelet "The Three Daughters of M. Dupont"
1958 The Verdict Is Yours Dr. Christine Helder "The Case of the Offensive General"
1958 ITV Play of the Week Lily "The Curious Savage"
1959 ITV Play of the Week Gwen Cedar "For Services Rendered"
1959 All Aboard Lady Gilbert "30.May.1959"
1960 A Life of Bliss Ursula Brooking "Flying Fur"
1960 Emma Mrs. Augusta Elton TV miniseries
1960 On Trial Mrs. Wilson "The Baccarat Scandal"
1960 The Professor's Love Story Lady Gilding TV film
1960 ITV Play of the Week Connie Mercer "Ladies of the Corridor"
1960 Saturday Playhouse Dorothy Ritchie "The Difficult Age"
1961 Saturday Playhouse Marjory Leland "A Sense of Guilt"
1961 Danger Man Miss Bishop "The Trap"
1961 Dixon of Dock Green Iris Lenton "The Case of the Silent Thief"
1961 No Hiding Place Edith Sudbury "The Widower"
1962 ITV Television Playhouse Mrs. Bindy "A Free Weekend"
1962 Maigret Mrs. Wilton "The Amateurs"
1962 ITV Play of the Week Ruth Stilton "A Letter from the General"
1963 ITV Play of the Week Edwina "The Finambulists"
1963 No Hiding Place Ellis Andrews "Death on the Doorstep"
1963 Comedy Playhouse Mrs. Ferris "Impasse"
1963 Jezebel ex UK Celia Brooks "Love and Let Love"
1964 The Planemakers Laura "Sauce for the Goose"
1964 Espionage Eve McAvoy "A Tiny Drop of Poison"
1964 The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling Mrs. Mallowe TV series
1965 Summer Comedy Hour Mrs. Brent "Almost a Honeymoon"
1965 ITV Play of the Week Melanie "Finesse in Diamonds"
1966 ITV Play of the Week Mabel Crosswaite "The Reluctant Debutante"
1966 Eugenie Grandet Marquise d'Aubrion "Inheritance"
1967 Sorry I'm Single Miss Kaye "The Polka Dot Matching Set"
1967 Sanctuary Mrs. Courtney "Has Everyone Heard of Juliet?"
1967 The Prisoner Mrs. Butterworth "Many Happy Returns"
1968 Ooh La La! Madame de Pontmele "The Hasty Hand"
1968 Harry Worth Lady Pressley "Last in Line"
1969 Harry Worth Vera Filbert "Anyone for Golf?"
1969 Her Majesty's Pleasure Lady Droylesden "The Woman's Touch"
1970 W. Somerset Maugham Marion Towers "Jane"
1971 UFO Jane Grant "Court Martial"
1972 Steptoe and Son Mrs. Kennington-Stroud "Loathe Story"
1972 Clouds of Witness Helen, Duchess of Denver TV miniseries
1975 Affairs of the Heart Maud Lowder "Milly"
1978 Do You Remember? Mrs. Harlow "The File on Harry Jordan"
1983 Number 10 Baroness Rothschild "Dizzy"

References

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