Valerie Hobson

Actor
This pretty daughter of a British army officer became an elegant leading lady of British film in the 1930s and 40s. Shortly after enrolling at RADA at age 16, Valerie Hobson was cast in her first film the inferior "Eyes ... Read more »
Born: 04/13/1917 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (15)

Lovers, Happy Lovers! 1953 (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

The Promoter 1952 (Movie)

Countess of Chell (Actor)

The Voice of Merrill 1952 (Movie)

Alycia Roach (Actor)

Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949 (Movie)

Edith (Actor)

Contraband 1940 (Movie)

Mrs Sorenson (Actor)

Bride of Frankenstein 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Werewolf of London 1934 (Movie)

Lisa Glendon (Actor)

Clouds over Europe (Movie)

Kay Hammond (Actor)

Great Impersonation (Movie)

Lady Eleanor Dominey (Actor)

Life Returns (Movie)

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Strange Wives (Movie)

Mauna (Actor)

The Adventures of Tartu (Movie)

Maruschka (Actor)

The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (Movie)

Mimi, Carnival Girl (Actor)

The Rocking Horse Winner (Movie)

Hester Grahame (Actor)

The Secret of Stamboul (Movie)

Tania (Actor)

Biography

This pretty daughter of a British army officer became an elegant leading lady of British film in the 1930s and 40s. Shortly after enrolling at RADA at age 16, Valerie Hobson was cast in her first film the inferior "Eyes of Fate" (1933). The following year, she headed to Hollywood and Universal where she was wasted in several pictures, often as a terror-stricken victim. One highlight of her days in L.A., though, was as Colin Clive's wife in James Whale's "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935). Hobson also was cast as the exotic Helena Landless in the fair screen version of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (also 1935). Returning to England, the actress found roles of more variety and soon became one of the most versatile and popular performers. Hobson delivered a stylish portrayal as the wisecracking, crime-solving wife of a reporter in "This Man Is News" (1938), a sort of British "Thin Man". She followed with a handful of spy thrillers, including two with Conrad Veidt, "The Spy in Black/U-Boat 29" (1939) and "Contraband/Blackout" (1940). Her postwar career yielded her best role, though. In David Lean's 1946 rendering of "Great Expectations", Hobson was stunning as the adult Estella. She also was impressive as one of the two women romanced by Dennis Price in "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949). After the dissolution of her marriage to producer Anthony Havelock-Allan in 1952, Hobson only appeared in two more films before retiring at the age of 37 following her marriage to British politician John Profumo. When a sex scandal involving her husband made headlines in the early 1960s, she remained steadfastly by his side. In the 1989 film "Scandal", which dramatized the events of the 60s, Hobson was portrayed on screen by actress Deborah Grant.

Relationships

Anthony Havelock-Allan

Husband
married in 1939 divorced in 1952 produced several of her films

Mark Havelock-Allan

Son
survived her

John Profumo

Husband
married in 1954 career ended by British political scandal which was the subject of the 1989 film "Scandal" survived her

David Profumo

Son
survived her

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
enrolled at age 16

studied dance as a child with Espinosa

Milestones

1989

Portrayed by actress Deborah Grant in the film "Scandal"

1963

Stood by her husband during a sex scandal which forced his resignation

1954

Final film, "Lovers, Happy Lovers!/Knave of Hearts"

1953

Last stage appearance as Anna in the stage musical "The King and I" in London

1949

Featured in "Kind Hearts and Coronets"

1946

Delivered a memorable performance as Estella in David Lean's film version of "Great Expectations"

1935

Co-starred as Colin Clive's wife in James Whale's classic "The Bride of Frankenstein"

1935

Moved to Hollywood for one year

1935

Cast as the exotic Helena Landless in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

1933

Feature film debut at age 16 in "Eyes of Fate"

1932

Stage debut in "Ball at the Savoy"

Retired from acting when she married British politician John Profumo

Bonus Trivia

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Ms. Hobson became active as a volunteer on behalf of mentally-challenged children and those afflicted with leprosy during the 1970. 80s and 90s

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