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Wendy Hiller

Highest Rated:   100% I Know Where I'm Going (1947)
Lowest Rated:   31% Making Love (1982)
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Birthplace:   Bramhall, Cheshire, England, UK
Educated at Winceby House, a girl's school in Sussex, British actress Wendy Hiller made her stage debut at age 18 with the Manchester Repertory troupe. Her stardom came as a result of her performance in the popular London "everyday folks" drama Love on the Dole in 1935 (written by her future husband Ronald Gow), later repeating this triumph on Broadway. Wendy's stage performance in George Bernard Shaw's St. Joan prompted Shaw to recommend her for the role of Eliza Doollittle in the film version of Pygmalion (1938). The actress was nominated for an Oscar (well deserved, since the film was actually made twice, one version "sanitized" for American audiences), but for many years thereafter her performance was unseen due to legal tangles arising from the musical remake of Pygmalion, My Fair Lady. Wendy later starred in another filmization of a Shaw play, Major Barbara (1941). Though she preferred the stage, Wendy would return to films sporadically if the part offered was worthwhile; she finally won an Oscar for her supporting role in Separate Tables (1958), and would rack up a future nomination for A Man For All Seasons (1966). She received the Order of the British Empire in 1966 and was made a Dame of the Empire in 1975, all the while plying her acting trade in a brilliantly workmanlike fashion. Most of her 1970s roles weren't up to her earlier appearances, but she gave her all to such parts as the foredoomed Lawyer Crosbie (a role originally written for a man!) in the 1978 remake of Cat and the Canary. Dame Wendy Hiller also did a great deal of television both in England and America; she was starred in a 1964 episode of Profiles in Courage, played a pivotal role in the 1982 TV movie Witness for the Prosecution, and headlined "All Passion Spent," a three-part 1989 offering of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Best of Friends
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Ending Up
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet The Best of Friends
  • Laurentia McLachlan
1991
No Score Yet The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
  • Aunt D'Arcy
1988
No Score Yet Anne of Green Gables - The Sequel (Anne of Avonlea)
  • Mrs. Harris
1987
No Score Yet All Passion Spent
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy
  • Actor
1985
31% Making Love
  • Winnie
1982
No Score Yet The Kingfisher
  • Lady Evelyn
1982
No Score Yet Miss Morison's Ghosts
  • Actor
1981
90% The Elephant Man
  • Mothershead
1980
No Score Yet The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
  • Princess Vilma
1980
No Score Yet Richard II
  • Duchess of York
1979
No Score Yet The Cat and the Canary
  • Allison Crosby
1978
89% Voyage of the Damned
  • Rebecca Weiler
1976
95% Murder on the Orient Express
  • Princess Dragomiroff
1974
No Score Yet David Copperfield
  • Mrs. Micawber
1970
82% A Man for All Seasons
  • Alice
1966
40% Toys in the Attic
  • Anna Berniers
1963
75% Sons and Lovers
  • Gertrude Morel
1960
77% Separate Tables
  • Miss Pat Cooper
1958
No Score Yet Something of Value (Africa Ablaze)
  • Elizabeth
1957
No Score Yet How to Murder a Rich Uncle
  • Edith Clitterburn
1957
80% Richard III
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet Sailor of the King
  • Lucinda Bentley
1953
No Score Yet Outcast of the Islands
  • Mrs. Almayer
1952
100% I Know Where I'm Going
  • Joan Webster
1947
86% Major Barbara
  • Major Barbara Undershaft
1941
94% Pygmalion
  • Eliza Doolittle
1938
No Score Yet If I Were Rich
  • Actor
1933

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Dame Laurentia MacLachlan Countess Alice von Holzendorf
  • 1993
  • 1992

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