British comedy actress, Margaret Rutherford as Nurse Carey in Mad About Men (1954)

Margaret Rutherford

1892–1972 | British actress

Inimitable, garrulous, shapeless, endearing British comedy actress, who usually seemed to be playing somebody’s slightly dotty spinster aunt

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Born in London, Margaret Rutherford studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and worked as a piano teacher; she was 33 when she started her professional career, studying at the Old Vic School and acting in various repertory theatres. The daughter of a man who had spent seven years in Broadmoor criminal asylum for killing his father, and a mother who committed suicide, she suffered from several nervous breakdowns, fearing that she, too, might go mad. Married Stringer Davis in 1945.

Her best roles were as Miss Prism in The Important of Being Earnest, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Headmistress Miss Evelyn Whitchurch in The Happiest Days of Your Life and the Duchess of Brighton in The VIPs, though her most popular role was probably as Agatha Christie’s detective Miss Marple in four films.

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Dusty Ermine (1936)
Miss Butterby
Mrs Baldwin
Aunt Bijou
Mrs Towcester
Rowena Ventnor
Lady Christabel Beauclerk
Madame Arcati
Mrs Dotherington
Muriel Whitchurch
Miss Letitia Prism
Miss Honey
Curtain Up (1952)
Catherine Beckwith / Jeremy St Clair
Gwladys Inglott
British comedy actress, Margaret Rutherford as Nurse Carey in Mad About Men (1954)
Nurse Carey
Mrs Fazackalee
Just My Luck (1957)
Mrs Dooley
Aunt Dolly
Miss Marple
Miss Jane Marple
Murder Ahoy (1964)
Miss Jane Marple
Miss Jane Marple
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