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Kay Kendall

Highest Rated:   100% Les Girls (1957)
Lowest Rated:   79% Night and the City (1950)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
No Score Yet Doctor in the House
  • Isobel
1955
No Score Yet Quentin Durward
  • Isabelle, Countess of Marcroy
1955
No Score Yet 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
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

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