Kay Hammond

Dorothy Katherine Standing, Lady Clements (18 February 1909 – 4 May 1980), better known under the stage name Kay Hammond, was an English stage and film actress.

Kay Hammond
Dorothy Katherine Standing

(1909-02-18)18 February 1909
London, England
Died4 May 1980(1980-05-04) (aged 71)
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Arts
Years active1927-1961
Spouse(s)Sir Ronald Leon 3rd Bt (19??–1946) divorced
Sir John Clements (1946–1980; her death)
ChildrenJohn Standing Timothy Leon


She was born in London, England as Dorothy Katherine Standing, the daughter of Sir Guy Standing and his wife, Dorothy Hammond (Dorothy Plaskitt).[1] Her grandfather was Herbert Standing (1846–1923) and her uncles were Wyndham, Percy and Jack Standing, as well as Herbert Standing Jr., father of Joan Standing.


She studied at RADA and first appeared on the London stage in 1927. Her most famous role was that of Elvira in Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, which she played in the original stage production. She reprised her role in the 1945 film version opposite Rex Harrison, Margaret Rutherford and Constance Cummings.

She appeared as a guest of Roy Plomley on Desert Island Discs on 25 February 1951.[2]

Personal life

Hammond's first husband was baronet Sir Ronald George Leon. Their sons were John Ronald Leon (the actor John Standing) and Timothy George Leon. Her second husband was the stage actor Sir John Clements.


Kay Hammond died in Brighton, aged 71, from undisclosed causes, on 4 May 1980[3]. She was cremated and her ashes scattered in the memorial garden at Downs Crematorium, Brighton, East Sussex[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1930Children of ChanceJoyce
1931Night in MontmartreMargot
1931Almost a DivorceMaisie
1931Out of the BlueAngela Tucker
1932The Third StringHebe Tucker
1932A Night Like ThisMimi - Cocktail ShakerUncredited
1932Nine till SixBeatrice
1932Money Means NothingAngel
1932Sally BishopJanet Hallard
1933Yes, MadamPansy Beresford
1933Bitter SweetGussi
1933Sleeping CarSimone
1933Britannia of BillingsgatePearl Bolton
1933The UmbrellaMabel
1934Bypass to HappinessDinah
1936Two on a DoorstepJill Day
1945Blithe SpiritElvira Condomine
1949Call of the BloodDr. Anne Lester
1953Henry VPrincess KatherineTV movie
1961Five Golden HoursMartha(final film role)


  1. University of Kent: Theatre collections
  2. Desert Islad Disks
  3. Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons (3rd ed.). McFarland. p. 313. ISBN 9781476625997. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  • Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies - John Walker (editor), 14th edition, 2001, ISBN 0-06-093507-3
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