Kay Kendall

Actor
Effervescent British leading lady of the 1950s who epitomized screwball elegance in a handful of films, most unworthy of her talents. Kendall was born into a theatrical environment, her grandmother Marie had been a ... Read more »
Born: 05/20/1926 in Yorkshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (16)

London Town 2015 (Movie)

Patsy (Actor)

Once More, With Feeling 1960 (Movie)

Dolly Fabian (Actor)

The Reluctant Debutante 1958 (Movie)

Sheila Broadbent (Actor)

Les Girls 1957 (Movie)

Lady Wren (Actor)

Doctor in the House 1955 (Movie)

Isobel (Actor)

Quentin Durward 1955 (Movie)

Isabelle (Actor)

Simon and Laura 1955 (Movie)

Laura Foster (Actor)

The Constant Husband 1955 (Movie)

Monica (Actor)

Genevieve 1953 (Movie)

Rosalind Peters (Actor)

Caesar and Cleopatra (Movie)

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Champagne Charlie (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Dance Hall (Movie)

Doreen (Actor)

Fast and Loose (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Happy Go Lovely (Movie)

Secretary (Actor)

Wings of Danger (Movie)

Alexia (Actor)

Woman in Hiding (Movie)

Vera (Actor)

Biography

Effervescent British leading lady of the 1950s who epitomized screwball elegance in a handful of films, most unworthy of her talents. Kendall was born into a theatrical environment, her grandmother Marie had been a music hall great and other members of her family were also performers. She and her sister Kim formed an act during WWII, and Kendall began appearing in film and television productions in the late 1940s. After one disaster ("London Town", 1946), she worked her way up in supporting parts, including "Lady Godiva Rides Again" (1951), "It Started in Paradise" (1952), and her first big break, "Genevieve" (1953), in which her character tussled with a huge dog named Suzy and displayed unexpected talent as a trumpeter.

Relationships

Terry McCarthy Jr

Brother

Rex Harrison Actor

Husband
Married June 1957 until her death from leukemia Sept. 6, 1957

Rex Harrison

Husband
met while filming "The Constant Husband" (1954) married June 23, 1957 until her death

Marie Kendall

Grandmother

Pat Kendall

Aunt

Terry McCarthy

Father

Kim McCarthy

Sister
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Milestones

1960

Final film, "Once More, With Feeling" (released posthumously)

1958

Final stage show, "The Bright One"

1957

Diagnosed with myloid leukemia

1957

First Hollywood film, "Les Girls"

1953

Breakthrough role, "Genevieve"

1946

First starring role, "London Town"

1943

Film debut as extra, "Caesar and Cleopatra"

1939

Moved to Scotland with sister when war broke out

Worked in the chorus at the London Palladium

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