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Valerie Hobson

Highest Rated:   100% Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Lowest Rated:   56% Promoter (1952)
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British actress Valerie Hobson had barely begun her studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts when, at 16, she was discovered for the movies. In 1934, Hobson was signed to a Hollywood contract by Universal pictures, where for a frustrating 12 months she served as a Fay Wray substitute in roles calling for wide-eyed terror and little else. During this period, she played the title role in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) -- not the monstrosity portrayed by Elsa Lanchester, of course, but the imperiled missus of Colin Clive -- and was equally unhappily married to "The Werewolf of London" in the picture of the same name. Returning to the British film industry in 1936, Hobson developed into one of the most popular and versatile leading ladies in the business. She was a delightful "Nora Charles" type in the 1938 murder mystery This Man is News (1938), and was both sexy and resourceful opposite Conrad Veidt in a brace of espionage thrillers, The Spy in Black (1939) and Contraband (1940). Hobson was seen at her best in her postwar films, notably as the demure lady love of homicidal Dennis Price in Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), the selfish mother of John Howard Davies in The Rocking Horse Winner (1950), and the screwball "professional guest" in the "Ways and Means" episode of the Noel Coward omnibus Tonight at 8:30 (1952). In 1946, Hobson offered an exquisite performance as Estella in David Lean's adaptation of Dickens' Great Expectations; ironically, she had played a smaller role in the 1934 Universal version of the same Dickens novel, but her part had wound up on the cutting room floor. Previously wed to producer Anthony Havelock-Allen, Hobson retired from films in 1954 to marry future British Minister of War John Profumo. Valerie Hobson was reluctantly thrust back into the public eye during the Christine Keeler sex scandal of 1963, faithfully and courageously standing by her disgraced husband as Profumo and several other members of the British cabinet were forced to resign.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Monsieur Ripois (Lovers, Happy Lovers!)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Clouds Over Europe
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Background
  • Barbie Lomax
1953
No Score Yet Train Of Events
  • Stella
1952
56% Promoter
  • Countess of Chell
1952
No Score Yet Meet Me Tonight (Tonight at 8:30)
  • Stella Cartwright
1952
No Score Yet The Interrupted Journey
  • Carol North
1949
100% Kind Hearts and Coronets
  • Edith D'Ascoyne
1949
83% The Rocking Horse Winner
  • Hester
1949
No Score Yet Blanche Fury
  • Blanche Fury
1948
100% Great Expectations
  • Estella
1947
No Score Yet The Years Between
  • Diana Wentworth
1946
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tartu
  • Maruschuka Lanova
1943
No Score Yet Unpublished Story
  • Carol Bennett
1942
No Score Yet Sons of the Sea
  • Mary Ann Morison
1941
100% Contraband
  • Mrs.Sorensen
1940
100% The Spy in Black
  • Frau Tiel / Jill Blacklock
1939
No Score Yet Q Planes
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Sons of the Sea
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet The Drum (Drums)
  • Mrs. Carruthers
1938
No Score Yet When Thief Meets Thief
  • Glory Fane
1937
No Score Yet August Week-End
  • Claire Barry
1936
77% Werewolf of London
  • Lisa
1935
100% The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Elizabeth
1935
No Score Yet Life Returns
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Helena Landless
1935
No Score Yet The Man Who Reclaimed His Head
  • Mimi, Carnival Girl
1934
No Score Yet Great Expectations
  • Biddy
1934

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