Valerie Hobson

Valerie Hobson

Highest Rated: 100% Great Expectations (1946)

Lowest Rated: 77% The Werewolf of London (1935)

Birthday: Apr 14, 1917

Birthplace: Larne, County Antrim, Ireland

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lovers, Happy Lovers! Catherine Ripois (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Background Barbie Lomax (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Train of Events Stella (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 62% The Promoter Countess of Chell (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Goes There? Alex Cornwall (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tonight at 8:30 Stella Cartwright: Ways and Means (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Will Out Alycia Roche (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Meet Me Tonight Stella Cartwright (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hideout Eleanor Byrne (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interrupted Journey Carol North (Character) - 1949
100% 94% Kind Hearts and Coronets Edith D'Ascoyne (Character) $35.9K 1949
83% 69% The Rocking Horse Winner Hester Grahame (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Small Voice Eleanor Byrne (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 53% Blanche Fury Blanche Fury (Character) - 1948
100% 88% Great Expectations Estella (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Years Between Diana Wentworth (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 50% Adventures of Tartu Maruschuka Lanova (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Tartu Maruschuka Lanova (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unpublished Story Unknown (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sons of the Sea Mary Ann Morison (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Atlantic Ferry Mary Ann Morison (Character) - 1941
100% 67% Contraband Mrs.Sorensen (Character) - 1940
100% 71% The Spy in Black The School Mistress (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 83% Clouds Over Europe Kay Lawrence (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet This Man Is News Pat Drake (Character) - 1939
83% 56% The Drum Mrs. Carruthers (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet When Thief Meets Thief Glory Fane (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet August Week-end Claire Barry (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Weekend Claire Barry (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Escape Laura Anstey (Character) - 1936
77% 45% The Werewolf of London Lisa Glendon (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Impersonation Eleanor Dominey (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rendezvous at Midnight Sandra Rogers (Character) - 1935
98% 87% Bride of Frankenstein Elizabeth Frankenstein (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 20% The Mystery of Edwin Drood Helena Landless (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chinatown Squad Janet Baker (Character) - 1935

QUOTES FROM Valerie Hobson CHARACTERS

Edith D'Ascoyne says: Kind hearts are more than coronets, And simple faith than Norman blood.

Edith D'Ascoyne says: Kind hearts are more than coronets, and simple faith than Norman blood.