Vivacious, stylish English leading actress of the 1950s
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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