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Joyce Grenfell

Lowest Rated:   89% Stage Fright (1950)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Yellow Rolls-Royce
  • Hortense Astor
1965
100% 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
No Score Yet Genevieve
  • Hotel proprietress
1953
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet Laughter in Paradise
  • Elizabeth Robson
1951
No Score Yet The Happiest Days of Your Life
  • Miss Gossage
1950
89% 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 The Demi-Paradise
  • Sybil Paulson
1943
No Score Yet Lamp Still Burns
  • Barrett
1943

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