Kay Kendall

Highest Rated: 100% Les Girls (1957)
Lowest Rated: 79% Night and the City (1950)
Birthday: May 21, 1926
Birthplace: Not Available
The granddaughter of musical comedy star Marie Kendall, daughter of vaudevillian Terry Kendall, British actress Kay Kendall prepared for her own career by studying ballet. Her earliest professional engagement was a music-hall tour in an act with her sister Kim. She made her film bow in the notorious British flop London Town (1944). After this disastrous movie debut, Kendall was abruptly told off by one powerful British producer: "You're ugly, you have no talent, you're too tall and you photograph badly. Go marry some nice man, settle down and have a family." Refusing to listen to the dreadful man, Kendall went back to Square One with regional repertory work. As for her "ugliness," Kendall's principal claim to fame was her stunning natural beauty -- so stunning that virtually every man who crossed her path proposed marriage on the spot (or seriously considered doing so). Though unusually tall for a leading lady (5'9"), few male stars exhibited any qualms about acting opposite the delightful Kendall. She made her film comeback with a choice comedy role in Genevieve (1953), which secured her subsequent superstardom in films like Les Girls and The Reluctant Debutante. She married actor Rex Harrison in 1957; according to legend, he knew that she was dying of leukemia, but kept her from finding out. Kay Kendall succumbed to her illness at 33, shortly after co-starring with Yul Brynner in Once More With Feeling (1960).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Once More, with Feeling! Dolly Fabian 1960
No Score Yet The Reluctant Debutante Sheila Broadbent 1958
100% Les Girls Lady Sybil Wren 1957
No Score Yet Abdulla the Great Ronnie 1956
No Score Yet Simon and Laura Laura Foster 1955
No Score Yet The Constant Husband (Marriage a la Mode) Monica Hathaway 1955
80% Doctor in the House Isobel 1955
No Score Yet Quentin Durward Isabelle, Countess of Marcroy 1955
No Score Yet The Square Ring Eve Lewis 1953
80% Genevieve Rosalind Peters 1953
No Score Yet Meet Mr. Lucifer Lonely Hearts Singer 1953
No Score Yet The Shadow Man (Street of Shadows) Barbara Gale 1953
No Score Yet Curtain Up Sandra 1952
No Score Yet Lady Godiva Rides Again Sylvie 1951
No Score Yet Happy Go Lovely Secretary 1951
No Score Yet Dance Hall Doreen 1950
79% Night and the City One of Helen's Girls (uncredited) 1950
No Score Yet London Town Patsy 1946
No Score Yet Waltz Time Lady-in-Waiting 1945
No Score Yet Caesar and Cleopatra Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor 1945
No Score Yet Fiddlers Three Girl (uncredited) 1944
No Score Yet Champagne Charlie Bit Part 1944
No Score Yet Dreaming Actor 1944

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Phil Silvers Show
1955-1959
Herself
  • 1958

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