Margaret Rutherford

Actor, Speech and piano teacher
Gifted, endearing character player, in films since the mid-1930s. A master scene-stealer, Rutherford personified the eccentric English spinster in a number of famous comedies, including David Lean's classic "Blithe ... Read more »
Born: 05/11/1892 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (17)

Arabella 1969 (Movie)

Princess Ilaria (Actor)

A Countess From Hong Kong 1967 (Movie)

Miss Gaulswallow (Actor)

Chimes at Midnight 1967 (Movie)

Mistress Quickly (Actor)

The Alphabet Murders 1965 (Movie)

Miss Marple (Actor)

The V.I.P.s 1963 (Movie)

Duchess of Brighton (Actor)

The Mouse on the Moon 1962 (Movie)

The Grand Duchess Gloriana (Actor)

On the Double 1961 (Movie)

Lady Vivian (Actor)

I'm All Right Jack 1959 (Movie)

Aunt Dolly (Actor)

An Alligator Named Daisy 1956 (Movie)

Prudence Croquet (Actor)

Smallest Show on Earth 1956 (Movie)

Mrs Fazackalee (Actor)

The Runaway Bus 1954 (Movie)

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Trouble in Store 1954 (Movie)

Miss Bacon (Actor)

Blithe Spirit 1945 (Movie)

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The Demi-Paradise 1942 (Movie)

Rowena Ventnor (Actor)

Passport to Pimlico (Movie)

Professor Hatton-Jones (Actor)

The Adventures of Don Juan (Movie)

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The Yellow Canary (Movie)

Mrs. Towcester (Actor)

Biography

Gifted, endearing character player, in films since the mid-1930s. A master scene-stealer, Rutherford personified the eccentric English spinster in a number of famous comedies, including David Lean's classic "Blithe Spirit" (1945), as the enthusiastic, bicycle-riding psychic, Madame Arcati. In "The Happiest Days of Your Life" (1950), she teamed beautifully with Alistair Sim for a rollicking secondary school farce.

Relationships

William Benn

Father
Benn murdered his father Julius just prior to Rutherford's birth

John Benn

Uncle

Stringer Davis

Husband
married in 1945 died fifteen months after Rutherford in the fall of 1973 frequently played small supporting roles in Rutherford's films, most notably as Mr. Stringer, the village librarian in the Miss Marple murder mysteries

Florence Rutherford

Mother
died c. 1895

Dawn Simmons

Daughter
was born to Jack Copper, the chauffeur of Vita Sackville-West, and Marjorie Hall Ticehurst born with an adrenal abnormality that caused female genitalia to resemble a man's, hence was raised as a boy adopted by Rutherford in her 20s

EDUCATION

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

1925

Milestones

1966

Suffered a fall while filming in Italy; broke her hip and never fully recovered

1963

Won Best Supporting Actress Oscar playing a dotty dowager in "The VIPs"

1957

Toured Australia in "The Happiest Days of Your Life" with husband Stringer Davis

1952

Committed her performance as Miss Prism to film in Anthony Asquith's adaptation of "The Importance of Being Earnest"

1950

Recreated her role in "The Happiest Days of Your Life" in Frank Launder's film adaptation

1948

Played Miss Whitchurch in the stage farce, "The Happiest Days of Your Life"

1947

Toured North America with John Gielgud in "The Importance of Being Earnest", this time playing Lady Bracknell

1944

Recreated her stage role in David Lean's film version of "Blithe Spirit"

1940

Portrayed Madame Arcati on the London stage in the original production of Noel Coward's comedy, "Blithe Spirit"

1940

Played the atypically unsympathetic role of Mrs. Danvers in a stage adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel, "Rebecca"

1939

First played Miss Prism in "The Importance of Being Earnest" onstage, in a production by John Gielgud

1938

Career took notable upturn with her performance as the eccentric septuagenarian Bijou Furze in the stage comedy, "Spring Meeting"

1936

Made her film debut as Miss Butterby in "Dusty Ermine"

1933

Made her West End stage debut in the play "Wild Justice" by James Dale

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