Anna Neagle, British actress, in a publicity photo wears a pearl necklace and a black dress

Anna Neagle

British actress, (1904–1986) | Spring in Park Lane (1948), Nell Gwyn (1934), The Courtneys of Curzon Street (1947)

British leading lady, a former chorus dancer who, in partnership with producer and, later, her husband Herbert Wilcox, built up a formidable film gallery of historical heroines

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Born in Forest Gate, Dame Anna Neagle was on stage from 1925, and also worked as a dancer in the late 1920s. Her success dated from the film of Goodnight Vienna, starring Jack Buchanan. After Evelyn Laye turned down the role opposite Buchanan, Wilcox went to call on him, saw Neagle performing with him on stage, and signed her for the film. When film roles grew hard to find, she returned successfully to the stage. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1969.

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Good Night, Vienna (1932)
Viki
Nell Gwyn (1934)
Nell Gwyn
Peg of Old Drury (1935)
Peg Woffington
Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)
Nurse Edith Cavell
They Flew Alone (1942)
Amy Johnson
Yellow Canary (1943)
Sally Maitland
I Live in Grosvenor Square (1945)
Lady Patricia Fairfax
Piccadilly Incident (1946)
Diana Fraser
The Courtneys of Curzon Street (1947)
Kate O’Halloran
Spring in Park Lane (1948)
Judy
Elizabeth of Ladymead (1948)
Beth in 1854 / Elizabeth in 1903 / Betty in 1919 / Liz in 1946
Maytime in Mayfair (1949)
Eileen Grahame
Odette (1950)
Odette Sanson / Marie / Lise
The Lady with a Lamp (1951)
Florence Nightingale
Derby Day (1952)
Lady Helen Forbes
My Teenage Daughter (1956)
Valerie Carr
No Time for Tears (1957)
Matron Eleanor Hammond
The Man Who Wouldn’t Talk (1958)
Mary Randall, QC
The Lady Is a Square (1959)
Frances Baring
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Herbert Wilcox
Husband  m. 1943–1977 (his death)

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