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Occupation
  
Actress and dancer

Years active
  
1915–1955


Name
  
Heather Thatcher

Role
  
Actress

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Born
  
3 September 1896 (
1896-09-03
)
London, England, United Kingdom

Died
  
February 15, 1987, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, United Kingdom

Movies
  
Gaslight, Beau Geste, But the Flesh Is Weak, The Undying Monster, Man Hunt

Similar People
  
John Brahm, Jack Conway, William A Wellman, Alexander Korda, Caroline Matilda of Great Brit

Heather Thatcher (3 September 1896 – 15 February 1987) was an English actress in theatre and films. She was from London.

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Dancer

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By 1922 Thatcher was a dancer. She was especially noted for her interpretation of an Egyptian harem dance. Her exotic clothes were designed in Russia. They featured stencil slits in the waist, trouserettes and sleeves. Her attire was billed as the boldest costume ever shown in Britain.

English theatre

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Thatcher played the feminine lead in London stage productions like Oh Daddy and Warm Corner. At the London Winter Garden she sang and danced in a revue in 1923. In August 1926, she appeared in Thy Name Is Woman at the Q Theatre. It marked her graduation from musical comedy to serious acting.

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She continued her London stage work, performing with June Clyde in Lucky Break. Premiering at the Strand Theatre in September 1934, the theatrical presentation was a production of Leslie Henson. In 1937, Thatcher went to America in Full House. The previous season, she was paired with Ivor Novello in the English rendition. Jack Buchanan, Austin Trevor and Coral Browne teamed with Thatcher in Canaries Sometimes Sing (1947). Produced by Firth Shephard, the theatrical presentation opened in Blackpool and moved to London a month later. Thatcher participated in a Salute To Ivor Novello at the London Coliseum in September 1951. The production raised funds to run his old home, Redroofs. It had been purchased by the Actors' Benevolent Fund.

Film career

The Plaything (1929), produced by Castleton Knight and Elstree Studios, begins as a silent film. It develops into an audible film which is recorded in good quality for its time. The theme concerns a Highland laird who falls in love with a hedonistic London heiress. Thatcher plays a prominent role as Martyn Bennett.

In 1931 she visited Hollywood while attending the wedding of James Gleason. As a star of English comedy, she was being compared to Marilyn Miller, Thatcher wore a monocle to the marriage ceremony. In the autumn of 1931 she was invited to a reception following the premiere of Strictly Dishonorable (1931), at the Carthay Circle Theatre. Among her friends in films were Anthony Bushell and Zelma O'Neal.

Thatcher was signed by MGM in February 1932. She was given a feature role in But The Flesh Is Weak (1932). The film stars Robert Montgomery and is directed by Jack Conway. The film was adapted from a British stage production which showcased Novello. Thatcher was praised for her performance. German actress, Nora Gregor was found disappointing. The English actress "gives a brilliant performance and creates the only human being in the piece."

Thatcher sued Gloria Swanson British Productions for breach of contract in a suit which was settled in December 1933. During the filming of Perfect Understanding (1933) Thatcher's contract was cancelled before the production was completed. No explanation was given. She was excluded from the film when a new author was hired. The replacement writer chose to eliminate her character.

The Private Life of Don Juan (1934) was also filmed at Elstree Studios. The film has Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. as its leading man. Owen Nares plays the title role and Thatcher is Anna Dora, one of the ladies.

Later in her career Thatcher returned to Britain to make films. Among these is Will Any Gentleman...? (1953), filmed at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood. Thatcher appears together with George Cole and Veronica Hurst. The film was a short adventure about a hypnotist who puts a man in a trance.

Thatcher made her last films in 1955. The Deep Blue Sea has a screenplay written by Terence Rattigan and features Vivien Leigh and Kenneth More. Thatcher depicts Aunt May Luton in Josephine and Men. The film is a comedy starring Glynis Johns and Peter Finch.

Death

Thatcher died in Hillingdon, London in 1987.

Filmography

Actress
1955
Josephine and Men as
Aunt May Luton
1955
The Deep Blue Sea as
Lady Dawson
1954
Duel in the Jungle as
A Lady on S.S. Nigeria
1953
Will Any Gentleman...? as
Mrs. Whittle
1952
The Hour of 13 as
Mrs. Chumley Orr
1952
Father's Doing Fine as
Lady Buckering
1951
Encore as
Eva Barrett (segment "Gigolo and Gigolette")
1950
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) as
Mrs. Ferguson
- A Soldier for Christmas (1950) - Mrs. Ferguson
1949
Family Affairs (TV Series) as
Linda
- Pigging It (1950) - Linda
- The Laughing Cavalier (1950) - Linda
- Tony and the Fatal Dart (1950) - Linda
- A Slight Case of Hyacinths (1950) - Linda
- Ah! The Peace of It All (1950) - Linda
- Henry's Folly (1950) - Linda
- Henry Tries His Hand (1949) - Linda
- Tony Cultivates Some Swedes (1949) - Linda
- Linda Lays a Ghost (1949) - Linda
- Bunty Makes a Book (1949) - Linda
- Marion Digs for Gold (1949) - Linda
- Tony Buys a Hypnotist (1949) - Linda
- Linda and the Love Racket (1949) - Linda
- Henry Breaks the News (1949) - Linda
1949
Dear Mr. Prohack as
Lady Maslam
1949
The Gay Lady as
Angela Platt-Brown
1948
Anna Karenina as
Countess Lydia Ivanovna
1944
Gaslight as
Lady Dalroy
1943
Flesh and Fantasy as
Lady Flora (uncredited)
1943
Above Suspicion as
English Girl Dancing with Richard (uncredited)
1942
Journey for Margaret as
Mrs. Harris
1942
The Undying Monster as
Christy
1942
The Moon and Sixpence as
Rose Waterford (uncredited)
1942
This Above All as
Nurse (uncredited)
1942
We Were Dancing as
Mrs. Tyler-Blane
1942
Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake as
Maggie Martin
1941
Man Hunt as
Lady Alice Risborough
1939
Beau Geste as
Lady Patricia Brandon
1938
Girls' School as
Miss Brackett
1938
If I Were King as
The Queen
1938
Fools for Scandal as
Lady Potter-Porter
1937
Tovarich as
Lady Kartegann
1937
The Thirteenth Chair as
Mary Eastwood
1937
Mama Steps Out as
Nadine Wentworth - the Poet
1935
Loves of a Dictator as
Lady of the Court
1934
The Private Life of Don Juan as
Anna Dora - An Actress as Actresses Go
1933
Loyalties as
Margaret Orme
1933
It's a Boy as
Anita Gunn
1932
-But the Flesh Is Weak as
Lady Joan Culver
1931
Stepping Stones
1930
A Warm Corner as
Mimi
1929
Express Love (Short) as
The Girl
1929
The Plaything as
Martyn Bennett
1920
De heldendaad van Peter Wells as
Camille Pablo
1920
A Little Bet (Short) as
The Daughter
1920
A Pair of Gloves (Short) as
The Girl
1920
Home Influence (Short) as
The Daughter
1920
Horatio's Deception (Short) as
The Daughter
1919
The Green Terror as
Olive Crosswell
1919
The First Men in the Moon as
Susan
1919
Pallard the Punter as
Gladys Callender
1918
The Key of the World as
Dina Destin
1916
Altar Chains as
Alice Vaughan
1915
The Prisoner of Zenda as
Extra (uncredited)
Miscellaneous
1945
Kitty (cockney dialect coach: Paulette Goddard - uncredited)
Self
1930
Comets as
Self

References

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