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Cause of death
  
renal disease

Years active
  
1928–1960


Name
  
Diana Wynyard

Role
  
Film actress

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Full Name
  
Dorothy Isobel Cox

Born
  
16 January 1906 (
1906-01-16
)
Lewisham, East London, England

Died
  
May 13, 1964, Holborn, London, United Kingdom

Spouse
  
Tibor Csato (m. 1951–1958), Carol Reed (m. 1943–1947)

Movies
  
Cavalcade, Gaslight, An Ideal Husband, Rasputin and the Empress, Men Must Fight

Similar People
  
Thorold Dickinson, Frank Lloyd, Carol Reed, Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Edgar Selwyn

Diana Wynyard


Diana Wynyard, CBE (16 January 1906 – 13 May 1964), whose birth name was Dorothy Isobel Cox, was an English stage and film actress.

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Life and career

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Born in Lewisham, South London, Wynyard began her career on the stage. After performing in Liverpool and London with the Liverpool Repertory Company and the Hamilton Deane Repertory Company, she performed on Broadway, appearing first in Rasputin and the Empress in 1932, with Ethel, John, and Lionel Barrymore. She appeared in the film version, beginning her brief Hollywood career.

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Fox Film Corporation then borrowed her for their lavish film version of Noël Coward's stage spectacle Cavalcade (1933). As the noble wife and mother she aged gracefully against a background of the Boer War, the sinking of the Titanic, the First World War, and the arrival of the Jazz Age. With this performance, she became the first British actress to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. After a handful of film roles, including playing John Barrymore's old flame in Reunion in Vienna, she returned to Britain, but concentrated on theatre work, including roles as Charlotte Brontë in Clemence Dane's Wild Decembers, in Sweet Aloes, and as Gilda in the British premiere of Noël Coward's Design for Living.

She was tempted to return to the screen to play opposite Ralph Richardson in On the Night of the Fire (1939), a film directed by Brian Desmond Hurst. Her best remembered success was as the frightened heroine of Gaslight (1940), the first film version of Patrick Hamilton's play Gas Light. This was followed by roles opposite Clive Brook in Freedom Radio, John Gielgud in The Prime Minister and Michael Redgrave in Kipps (all 1941), directed by Carol Reed, later her first husband.

After World War II

Her stage career flourished after the war, and as a Shakespearean leading lady at Stratford, in London's West End and on tour in Australia, she had her pick of star parts. Between 1948 and 1952, she played Portia, Gertrude, Lady Macbeth, Katherine the shrew, Desdemona, Katherine of Aragon, Hermione in The Winter's Tale, and Beatrice to Gielgud's Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. In this production, she succeeded her friend Peggy Ashcroft. Wynyard stumbled off the rostrum during the sleepwalking scene in Macbeth in 1948. She fell 15 feet, but was able to continue. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s she also had success in the works of several contemporary writers, including the British production of Tennessee Williams's Camino Real.

She appeared in Alexander Korda's version An Ideal Husband (1947), based on the Oscar Wilde play, but her remaining film appearances were in supporting roles. Usually maternal, these included Tom Brown's Schooldays (1951) and the secretive mother (of James Mason's character) in Island in the Sun (1957). She played Empress Elisabeth of Austria in Mayerling (1957), an early American television film which starred Audrey Hepburn.

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1953.

Personal life

She was married to the English film director Carol Reed from 3 February 1943 until August 1947, and subsequently to a Hungarian physician, Tibor Csato.

She died from renal disease in Holborn, Central London in 1964, aged 58, while rehearsing The Master Builder with Michael Redgrave and Maggie Smith as part of the new National Theatre Company. Celia Johnson replaced her.

Her last television performance was in the play The Man in the Panama Hat recorded in March 1964. Her death occurred before the intended broadcast in May 1964 and it was eventually shown posthumously on 21 September 1964.

Filmography

Actress
1956
ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) as
Helen Purslow / Lise Frolich / Constance Tuckerman / ...
- The Man in the Panama Hat (1964) - Helen Purslow
- Echoes on a Lonely Shore (1961) - Lise Frolich
- The Autumn Garden (1960) - Constance Tuckerman
- The Springtime of Others (1957) - Clarisse
- The Seagull (1956) - Irina Arkadina
- Hamlet (1956) - Gertrude
1960
Armchair Mystery Theatre (TV Series) as
Stella Lambert
- Eye Witness (1960) - Stella Lambert
1960
BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series) as
Lady Frinton
- Twentieth Century Theatre: Aren't We All (1960) - Lady Frinton
1959
Playhouse 90 (TV Series) as
Jane Birman
- The Second Man (1959) - Jane Birman
1958
Theatre Night (TV Series) as
Mary Lester
- A Touch of the Sun (1958) - Mary Lester
1957
Island in the Sun as
Mrs. Betty Fleury
1957
Producers' Showcase (TV Series) as
The Empress Elizabeth
- Mayerling (1957) - The Empress Elizabeth
1956
The Gentle Touch as
The Matron
1955
Rheingold Theatre (TV Series) as
Lucille
- The Little Big Shot (1955) - Lucille
1955
Lady Charing Is Cross (TV Movie) as
Lady Charing
1954
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) as
Joanna Manville
- Inquest on a Hero (1954) - Joanna Manville
1954
The Lover (TV Movie) as
The Queen
1951
Tom Brown's Schooldays as
Mrs.Arnold
1947
An Ideal Husband as
Lady Gertrude Chiltern
1941
The Remarkable Mr. Kipps as
Helen Walshingham
1941
The Prime Minister as
Mary Anne Disraeli
1941
A Voice in the Night as
Irena
1940
Gaslight as
Bella Mallen
1939
The Fugitive as
Kit Kobling
1937
Othello (TV Movie) as
Desdemona
1937
Theatre Parade (TV Series)
- Heart's Content (1937)
1934
Hollywood on Parade (Short)
1934
One More River as
Claire Corven
1934
Let's Try Again as
Alice Overton
1934
Where Sinners Meet as
Anne
1933
Reunion in Vienna as
Elena Krug
1933
Men Must Fight as
Laura Seward
1933
Cavalcade as
Jane Marryot
1932
Rasputin and the Empress as
Princess Natasha
Self
1957
Salute to Show Business (TV Special) as
Self
1957
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z (TV Series) as
Self - Verse speaker
- V (1957) - Self - Verse speaker
1952
This Is Show Business (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.8 (1952) - Self
1950
The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Mel Torme, Ted Williams, Diana Wynyard (1950) - Self
1934
Hollywood on Parade No. B-13 (Short) as
Self
Archive Footage
1997
Twentieth Century Fox: The First 50 Years (TV Movie documentary) as
Actress 'Cavalcade' (uncredited)

References

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