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Kay Walsh  (born Kathleen Walsh, 15 November 1911,Chelsea, London, England; died 16 April 2005, Chelsea, London) was an English actress and dancer. She grew up in Pimlico, brought up by her grandmother. She began her career as a dancer in West End music halls. Walsh made her film debut in How's Chances? (1934) in a small part, and had a larger role in another 1934 film, Get Your Man. She continued to act in "quota quickies" films for several years. Walsh first met David Lean, then a film editor, in 1936, during the filming of Secret Of Stamboul. They began a relationship and Walsh broke off her engagement to Pownell Pellew. Walsh and Lean married on 23 November 1940. She moved on to higher-prestige films with appearances in two Noel Coward-scripted films, In Which We Serve (1942) and This Happy Breed (1944), both directed by Lean. Walsh had campaigned for Lean to receive co-director credit on In Which We Serve. Walsh contributed dialogue to the 1938 film of Pygmalion, and also devised the scenario for the closing sequence of Lean's film adaptation of Great Expectations (1946), for which she received a writing credit on the latter film. She also devised the opening sequence of Lean's adaptation of Oliver Twist (1948), as well as performing the role of Nancy. Walsh and Lean divorced in 1949, on grounds of infidelity based on Lean's relationship with Ann Todd. Walsh continued to work as a character actress in films through the 1950s, including films with Alfred Hitchcock and Ronald Neame. Her own favourite film role was that of the barmaid Miss D. Coker in Neame's 1958 film of The Horse's Mouth, with Alec Guinness. Between films, she appeared regularly in plays and farces at the Strand and Aldwych Theatres, directed by Basil Dean. She was a semi-regular on the 1979 Anglo-Polish TV series Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. She remained active in films until her retirement in 1981, after the film Night Crossing. Walsh later lived in retirement in London. She died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital from multiple burns, following an accident, aged 93. Her second marriage was to the Canadian psychologist Elliott Jaques, and they adopted a daughter, Gemma, in 1956. This marriage also ended in divorce.

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Kay Walsh  (born Kathleen Walsh, 15 November 1911,Chelsea, London, England; died 16 April 2005, Chelsea, London) was an English actress and dancer. She grew up in Pimlico, brought up by her grandmother. She began her career as a dancer in West End music halls. Walsh made her film debut in How's Chances? (1934) in a small part, and had a larger role in another 1934 film, Get Your Man. She continued to act in "quota quickies" films for several years. Walsh first met David Lean, then a film editor, in 1936, during the filming of Secret Of Stamboul. They began a relationship and Walsh broke off her engagement to Pownell Pellew. Walsh and Lean married on 23 November 1940. She moved on to higher-prestige films with appearances in two Noel Coward-scripted films, In Which We Serve (1942) and This Happy Breed (1944), both directed by Lean. Walsh had campaigned for Lean to receive co-director credit on In Which We Serve. Walsh contributed dialogue to the 1938 film of Pygmalion, and also devised the scenario for the closing sequence of Lean's film adaptation of Great Expectations (1946), for which she received a writing credit on the latter film. She also devised the opening sequence of Lean's adaptation of Oliver Twist (1948), as well as performing the role of Nancy. Walsh and Lean divorced in 1949, on grounds of infidelity based on Lean's relationship with Ann Todd. Walsh continued to work as a character actress in films through the 1950s, including films with Alfred Hitchcock and Ronald Neame. Her own favourite film role was that of the barmaid Miss D. Coker in Neame's 1958 film of The Horse's Mouth, with Alec Guinness. Between films, she appeared regularly in plays and farces at the Strand and Aldwych Theatres, directed by Basil Dean. She was a semi-regular on the 1979 Anglo-Polish TV series Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. She remained active in films until her retirement in 1981, after the film Night Crossing. Walsh later lived in retirement in London. She died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital from multiple burns, following an accident, aged 93. Her second marriage was to the Canadian psychologist Elliott Jaques, and they adopted a daughter, Gemma, in 1956. This marriage also ended in divorce.

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Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 43

Birthday 1911-11-15

Day of Death 2005-04-16

Place of Birth Chelsea, London, England, UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Journey to the unknown as Mrs Joan Walker
1983 Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson(24 episodes) as Mrs. Hudson
1970 Scrooge as Mrs. Fezziwig
1970 The Virgin and the Gypsy as Aunt Cissie
1970 Connecting Rooms as Mrs. Brent
1970 Taste of Excitement as Miss Barrow
1966 The Witches as Stephanie Bax
1966 ABC Stage 67(1 episode)
1965 Gideon's Way(2 episodes)
1964 The Beauty Jungle as Mrs. Freeman
1963 Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow as Mrs. Waggett
1963 80,000 Suspects as Matron
1963 The Human Jungle(1 episode)
1962 The L-Shaped Room as Prostitute (uncredited)
1962 Reach for Glory as Mrs. Curlew
1961 Lunch Hour as The Manageress
1960 Tunes of Glory as Mary Titterington
1958 The Horse's Mouth as Dee Coker
1956 Now and Forever as Miss Muir
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents(1 episode)
1955 Cast a Dark Shadow as Charlotte Young
1954 Lease of Life as Mrs. Vera Thorne
1954 The Rainbow Jacket as Barbara Crain
1953 Young Bess as Mrs. Ashley
1952 Hunted as Mrs. Skyes
1951 The Magic Box as Hotel Receptionist
1950 The Magnet as Mrs Brent
1950 Last Holiday as Mrs. Poole
1950 Stage Fright as Nellie Goode
1948 Oliver Twist as Nancy
1948 Vice Versa as Florence 'Fanny' Verlane
1947 The October Man as Molly Newman
1944 This Happy Breed as Queenie Gibbons
1942 In Which We Serve as Freda Lewis / Freda
1940 The Middle Watch as Fay Eaton
1940 The Chinese Bungalow as Sadie Merivale
1939 Sons of the Sea as Alison Devar
1939 The Missing People as Peggy Gillette
1938 I See Ice as Judy Gaye
1937 Keep Fit as Joan Allen
1936 All That Glitters as Eve Payne-Coade
1936 Secret of Stamboul as Diana

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1946 Great ExpectationsScreenplay

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