British actress Kay Kendall poses for a 1950s glamour photo

Kay Kendall

1926–1959 | British actress

Vivacious, stylish English leading actress of the 1950s

Mini Biography

Born in Withernsea, Yorkshire, Kay Kendall left school at the age of 12 to appear in revue, and from the age of 14 joined her sister Kim in a variety act; they appeared together in her first films. She was married to actor Rex Harrison from 1957 until her death from leukaemia - a condition kept secret from her by Harrison and her doctor. Her lovers included director Wesley Ruggles.

More about Kay Kendall at Withernsea Lighthouse Museum.

Rex Harrison, Kendall’s lover, confided in Terence Rattigan and allowed him to make the story of her final years into a play, In Praise of Love.

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Patsy
Dance Hall (1950)
Doreen
Curtain Up (1952)
Sandra Beverley
Genevieve (1953)
Rosalind Peters
Eve
Barbara Gale
The Lonely Hearts Singer (Kay Kendall) sings out from the television set in Ealing’s Meet Mr Lucifer (1953)
Lonely Hearts Singer
The ‘Wives’: Monica
Isabelle, Countess of Marcroy
Laura Foster
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Autographed photograph of British actor Rex Harrison from the 1948 film, Escape
Husband m. 1957–1959 (her death)

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