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Full Name
Violet Pretty

Film Actress

Anne Heywood

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Mark Stross

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11 December 1932 (age 83) (
Handsworth, Birmingham, England, UK

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

George Danzig Druke (m. 1991), Raymond Stross (m. 1979–1988)

Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama

The Nun and the Devil, The Fox, Good Luck - Miss Wyckoff, The Nun of Monza, Ring of Darkness

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Anne Heywood (born 11 December 1931) is a British film actress, who is best known for her performance in The Fox.


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Early life and career

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Born as Violet Joan Pretty in Handsworth, Birmingham, England, she won the Miss Great Britain title under her real name in 1950.

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At one time she was the personal assistant of Radio's Talent Spotter Carroll Levis, a show which toured the main theatres throughout Britain. Later she also attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She began acting in films in the early 1950s, first in supporting roles but gradually evolving into a leading lady.

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One of her more prominent film roles was in a film adaptation of a D. H. Lawrence novel, The Fox, co-starring Sandy Dennis, made in 1967, which caused controversy at the time due to its lesbian theme. In the 1970s, she appeared in several giallo-type thrillers made in Italy.

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Her career declined in the 1980s. Her penultimate role was in a two-part episode of the popular United States television series The Equalizer, which starred actor Edward Woodward, in 1988 as Manon Brevard Marcel.

Personal life

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Heywood was married to producer Raymond Stross, who produced most of her movies; including A Terrible Beauty, The Brain, The Very Edge, Ninety Degrees in the Shade, The Fox, Midas Run, I Want What I Want, and Good Luck Miss Wyckoff.

After Stross died in 1988, Heywood retired and has never appeared onscreen since. In 1990, she married her second husband, George Danzig Druke, a former Assistant Attorney General of New York State. The couple resides in Beverly Hills, California.


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