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Vivien Merchant



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
86% Accident
  • Rosalind
1967
100% Alfie
  • Lily
1966

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