Vivien Merchant

Highest Rated: 96% Alfie (1966)
Birthday: Jul 22, 1929
Birthplace: Not Available
On stage from the age of 14 (she played a much-younger orphanage resident in a Peterborough Repertory staging of Jane Eyre) British actress Vivien Merchant hit her stride in the mid-1950s. From 1956 through 1980, Vivien was married to playwright Harold Pinter; she starred or was co-starred in several of his plays, notably as Ruth in The Homecoming. The actress made her first film appearance in Alfie (1966), winning an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Lily, the bored housewife whose fling with hedonistic Michael Caine culminates in a painful abortion. One of Merchant's most delightful screen turns was also one of the least typical: the air-headed gourmet-cook wife of long-suffering Scotland Yard inspector Alec McCowan in Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy (1972). Merchant left acting in 1980 after she and Pinter divorced. She died in 1982.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Man in the Iron Mask Queen Marie Theresa 1977
No Score Yet The Maids Madame 1975
No Score Yet The Homecoming Ruth 1973
71% The Offence Maureen 1973
60% Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood Mrs. Pugh 1973
87% Frenzy Mrs. Oxford 1972
No Score Yet War of Children Actor 1972
No Score Yet Alfred the Great Freda 1969
82% Accident Rosalind $17.7K 1967
96% Alfie Lily 1966


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