Joyce Grenfell

Joyce Grenfell

Highest Rated: 92% The Americanization of Emily (1964)

Lowest Rated: 20% Laughter in Paradise (1951)

Birthday: Feb 10, 1910

Birthplace: Not Available

British character actress Joyce Grenfell was still using her maiden name of Phipps when she began her career as a journalist. For several years, Grenfell was a radio critic for the London Observer. In 1939, tired of merely writing about performers, she joined their ranks, developing a repertoire of comedy monologues in which she usually impersonated a feather-brained upper-class matron. In films from 1943, she was especially busy in the 1950s, offering such sharply etched cinematic characterizations as Miss Gossage in The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950), the hotel proprietress in Genevieve (1953) and policewoman Ruby Gates in the "St. Trinian's" farces. Though she cut back on her film appearances after 1957--one of her better latter-day cameos was in The Old Dark House (1963), as a dotty old dear whose vacant smile remains affixed to her face even after she's stabbed to death with her own knitting needles--Grenfell kept busy touring the world with her one-woman show. She appeared on Broadway in 1955 and 1958, playing to large, enthusiastic crowds on both occasions. Appointed an officer in the Order of the British Empire in 1946, Joyce Grenfell was also elected president of England's Society of Women Writers and Journalists in 1957.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Yellow Rolls-Royce Hortense Astor 1965
92% The Americanization of Emily Mrs. Barham 1964
No Score Yet The Old Dark House Agatha Femm 1963
No Score Yet The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's Sgt. Ruby Gates 1961
No Score Yet The Good Companions Lady Parlitt 1957
No Score Yet Blue Murder at St. Trinian's Sergeant Ruby Gates 1957
No Score Yet The Million Pound Note (Man With a Million) Duchess of Cromarty 1954
No Score Yet The Pickwick Papers Mrs. Leo Hunter 1954
83% Genevieve Hotel proprietress 1953
67% The Belles of St. Trinian's P.W. Sgt. Ruby Gates 1953
No Score Yet The Magic Box Mrs. Claire 1952
No Score Yet The Galloping Major Maggie 1951
20% Laughter in Paradise Elizabeth Robson 1951
No Score Yet The Happiest Days of Your Life Miss Gossage 1950
90% Stage Fright Lovely Ducks 1950
No Score Yet A Run for Your Money Mrs. Pargiter 1949
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Ugly Duchess 1949
No Score Yet While the Sun Shines Daphne 1947
No Score Yet The Demi-Paradise Sybil Paulson 1943
No Score Yet Lamp Still Burns Barrett 1943


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