Madeleine Carroll

Actor, Hat model, French teacher
Nicknamed The Queen of British Cinema, lovely Madeleine Carroll possessed the sort of splendor and poise that one would readily identify with royalty. An excellent student, Carroll could have pursued any number of ... Read more »
Born: 02/26/1906 in Staffordshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (19)

My Favorite Blonde 1941 (Movie)

Karen Bentley (Actor)

Blockade 1937 (Movie)

Norma (Actor)

The Prisoner of Zenda 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lloyd's of London 1935 (Movie)

Lady Elizabeth (Actor)

Secret Agent 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

The General Died at Dawn 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

Atlantic 1929 (Movie)

(Actor)

The First Born 1927 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bahama Passage (Movie)

Carol Delbridge (Actor)

Escape (Movie)

Dora (Actor)

Fascination (Movie)

Gwenda Farrell (Actor)

Honeymoon in Bali (Movie)

Gail Allen (Actor)

I Was a Spy (Movie)

Marthe Cnockhaert (Actor)

It's All Yours (Movie)

Linda Gray (Actor)

Northwest Mounted Police (Movie)

April Logan (Actor)

On the Avenue (Movie)

Mimi Caraway (Actor)

Safari (Movie)

Linda Stewart (Actor)

The W Plan (Movie)

Rosa Hartmann (Actor)

The World Moves On (Movie)

Mrs. Mary Warburton, 1914 (Actor)

Biography

Nicknamed The Queen of British Cinema, lovely Madeleine Carroll possessed the sort of splendor and poise that one would readily identify with royalty. An excellent student, Carroll could have pursued any number of vocations or higher forms of learning, but exposure to the University of Birmingham's drama society created a love for acting that eventually earned her roles in West End stage productions. Motion pictures soon followed and with her remarkable screen presence and convincing performances, Carroll quickly rose up the ranks to become an A-list talent. A pair of early Alfred Hitchcock films, "The 39 Steps" (1935) and "Secret Agent" (1936), further cemented her popularity and confirmed Carroll as an archetypal blonde Hitchcock heroine. Offers soon came from Hollywood, where she quickly found additional fame in "The General Died at Dawn" (1936) and, most famously, "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1937). Her extraordinary rise proved so lucrative, Carroll was the world's highest paid actress for a short time. Following such movies as "North West Mounted Police" (1940) and "My Favorite Blonde" (1942), she stepped away from moviemaking to help in the overseas war effort. While she acted periodically after World War II, Carroll was mostly content to let her career wind down. One of the great beauties of early sound cinema, Carroll's innate intelligence and sophistication was communicated exquisitely in her portrayals and added an extra level of interest to even her lesser outings.

Relationships

Daughter
died 1983

Astley

Husband
divorced

Sterling Hayden Actor

Husband

Sterling Hayden

Husband
married in 1942 divorced in 1946

Andrew Heiskell

Husband
published LIFE married in 1950 divorced in 1965

Henri Lavorel

Husband
married in 1946 divorced in 1949

EDUCATION

Birmingham University

Milestones

1948

Appeared on NY stage in "Goodbye My Fancy"

1936

Signed to 20th Century Fox contract

1934

US film debut in John Ford's "The World Moves On"

1928

Film acting debut in "The Guns of Loos"

1927

Stage debut in "The Lash" in New Brighton

1927

Gave up teaching for acting career

Active in Allied Relief Fund, United Seamen's Service and the American Red Cross during WWII; rgave up career to return to London where sister was killed in blitz

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