Dinah Sheridan
Actress
Dinah Sheridan
Dinah Sheridan is an English actress who appeared in the films 29 Acacia Avenue (1945) and Genevieve (1953). She made her film debut in 1937, and has frequently appeared on television. She played Jane Huggett in The Huggetts Abroad (1949) and appeared as Steve in two Paul Temple films. Among her most noted roles are as the mother in the film version of The Railway Children (1970), and as Angela in the 1980s British sitcom, Don't Wait Up (1983–90).
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Photo Flash: First Look at Waterloo Station's RAILWAY CHILDREN - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
... was first published in 1906 and has subsequently been adapted for the stage and screen, most famously in the 1970 film version directed by the late Lionel Jeffries and starring Jenny Agutter, Bernard Cribbins, Dinah Sheridan and Sally Thomsett
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'Genevieve' Announced for Blu-ray - High-Def Digest
Google News - over 5 years
For support, the two car enthusiasts enlist the aid of their wives, Dinah Sheridan and Kay Kendall, who provide the glamour and much of the comic sparkle. Gorgeous color photography makes the beauty of the town and country scenes really come to life
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Railway Children's return ticket to Waterloo: Programme + Post-show Cast Reception - WhatsOnStage.com
Google News - over 5 years
... was first published in 1906 and has subsequently been adapted for the stage and screen, most famously in the 1970 film version directed by the late Lionel Jeffries and starring Jenny Agutter, Bernard Cribbins, Dinah Sheridan and Sally Thomsett
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Diana Rigg in OHMSS: A Wedding Ensemble to Die For - Clothes on Film
Google News - over 5 years
She had already made beautifully tailored ensembles for Dinah Sheridan and Kay Kendall in Genevieve (1953), directed by her husband Henry Cornelius. Even though Marjory Cornelius was only credited as costume designer on two features, the eye for detail
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Sir Terence Rattigan: un grande drammaturgo, e non solo - Persinsala.it
Google News - over 5 years
... diretto da David Lean con Dinah Sheridan, Ralph Richardson e Ann Todd; International Hotel (The VIPs) (1963) di Anthony Asquith con Elizabeth Taylor e Richard Burton; Una Rolls-Royce Gialla (The Yellow Rolls-Royce) (1964) di Asquith con Alain Delon
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Pandora Cliffford, David Baron Join The Railway Children at Waterloo - Broadway World
Google News - almost 6 years
... was first published in 1906 and has subsequently been adapted for the stage and screen, most famously in the 1970 film version directed by the late Lionel Jeffries and starring Jenny Agutter, Bernard Cribbins, Dinah Sheridan and Sally Thomsett
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Celia Lipton - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - almost 6 years
After making her debut supporting John Bentley and Dinah Sheridan in Calling Paul Temple (1948), she appeared opposite Sonia Dresdel and Walter Fitzgerald in the adaptation of Joan Morgan's novel, This Was A Woman (1948) and played Sandra in Terrence
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Francis Durbridge, 85, Detective's Creator
NYTimes - almost 19 years
Francis Durbridge, creator of the popular radio and television detective Paul Temple, died on Saturday at his home here. He was 85. The Paul Temple adventures ran for three decades on BBC Radio, starting in 1938, but the suave detective and his lively wife, Steve, didn't make their television debut until 1968, in a 12-part series starring John
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John Merivale, Actor, 72
NYTimes - about 27 years
LEAD: John Merivale, an actor who appeared in such movies as ''A Night to Remember,'' ''King Rat'' and ''Arabesque'' in the 1950's and 60's, died on Tuesday in London. He was 72 years old. John Merivale, an actor who appeared in such movies as ''A Night to Remember,'' ''King Rat'' and ''Arabesque'' in the 1950's and 60's, died on Tuesday in London.
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ADVERTISING; Smith Barney In Ad Change
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: John Houseman won't be making commercials, the old-fashioned way or otherwise, for Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Company anymore. John Houseman won't be making commercials, the old-fashioned way or otherwise, for Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Company anymore. The investment firm is dropping Mr. Houseman as its advertising spokesman in favor of
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NEW DISKS FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
NYTimes - almost 34 years
A sampling of what's new in children's recordings has turned up some winners along with the inevitable assortment of losers and uninspired items appealing, like their counterparts for adults, to the lowest possible common denominator. Few age levels are overlooked. I have yet to come across any records for 1-year-olds, but there is ''Music for 2's
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dinah Sheridan
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 91
    Sheridan died peacefully at her home in Northwood, London, on 25 November 2012, aged 92.
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  • 2007
    Age 86
    During her marriage to Aubrey Ison, the couple lived in Palm Desert, California, returning to the UK in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Her son Jeremy Hanley became an accountant, Conservative Party Chairman and government minister under John Major's administration. Her daughter Jenny Hanley became an actress and a co-presenter of the British television series Magpie. Another daughter died in infancy. Throughout her life she remained close friends and correspondent with several former co-stars, particularly Dame Gladys Cooper, Sir John Gielgud, Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Sir Dirk Bogarde. Cooper was the stepmother of actor John (Jack) Merivale, Dinah's long-time partner (1968–86) and later husband (1986-90, his death). For many years John Merivale required kidney dialysis which Dinah learnt to perform at home.
  • 1999
    Age 78
    Her last role was in 1999 as Kathleen Gilmore in the Jonathan Creek television episode "Miracle in Crooked Lane".
    More Details Hide Details When Sheridan was the subject of the UK TV show This Is Your Life in 1979, guests in the studio included John Gielgud, Evelyn Laye, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Betty Marsden and Charles Hawtrey, and filmed tributes from Dirk Bogarde and Tony Britton.
  • 1983
    Age 62
    In 1983 she made a guest appearance in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who as the Time Lady Chancellor Flavia in the 20th anniversary special, "The Five Doctors".
    More Details Hide Details She co-starred with long-standing friend and colleague Tony Britton and Nigel Havers in British sitcom, Don't Wait Up (1983–90, BBC TV) which had audiences of over 15 million. She was a regular in the ITV series The Winning Streak (1985) and Just Us (1992), and the BBC comedy series All Night Long (1994). She made a memorable guest appearance as Dotty Mayhew in BBC TV's Lovejoy special The Prague Sun (1992), which also featured Donald Pleasence and Peter Vaughan.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1978
    Age 57
    During 1978/79, Dinah starred opposite John Gielgud in Half Life which toured the UK, before they both took the play to Toronto, Canada.
    More Details Hide Details Other theatre credits included Robert's Wife (1968, with future husband John Merivale at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), Softly, Goldfish Mating (1971, with Patrick Macnee, toured the UK), Touch Of Purple (1972, Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead), Don Taylor's Out On The Lawn (1975, with Edward Hardwicke, Rosemary Leach and T.P. McKenna, Watford Palace Theatre), Noël Coward's Star Quality (1982/83, with Emlyn Williams and Annette Crosbie amongst others, Theatre Royal Bath), George Bernard Shaw's The Apple Cart (1985/86, with Peter O'Toole and Susannah York, firstly in Bath, then transferred to the London's Theatre Royal Haymarket), and William Douglas Home's The Kingfisher (1992, Theatre Royal Bath and toured the UK).
  • FORTIES
  • 1969
    Age 48
    Dinah participated in A Talent To Amuse a gala evening production at the Phoenix Theatre, London, on 16 December 1969 which celebrated Noël Coward's 70th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details Sheridan and John Merivale were friends of Coward. Many stars appeared in the production, including John Gielgud, Anna Neagle, Richard Attenborough, Joyce Grenfell and Danny La Rue. Having made television history by appearing in the first major TV play and being the first actor interviewee in the 1930s, Dinah worked extensively in the medium later in her career. Roles included guest appearances in popular series of the time including Armchair Theatre (1969), Seasons Of The Year (1971), Zodiac, Crown Court and Marked Personal (all during 1974), Village Hall (1975); Sykes (1979), and The Swish of the Curtain (1980). Sheridan featured in several major television plays (in the BBC Play of the Month and Play for Today strands) most notably Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband (1969, with Margaret Leighton, Keith Michell, Jeremy Brett and Susan Hampshire); and John Galsworthy's Loyalties (1976, with Edward Fox amongst others). Both were produced by Cedric Messina and directed by Rudolph Cartier.
  • 1965
    Age 44
    After their 1965 divorce (which was granted to Sheridan on the grounds of cruelty), she resumed her career appearing in Margaret Williams' comedy Let’s All Go Down the Strand (1967, alongside Gladys Cooper and Evelyn Laye, Phoenix Theatre, London).
    More Details Hide Details Let’s All Go Down the Strand began a prolonged period of success in London's West End, with Sheridan appearing in both comedic and dramatic roles for the next 25 years. She starred in Ronald Gow's A Boston Story (1968, opposite Tony Britton, Duchess Theatre); Ira Wallach's Out of the Question (1969, again opposite Dame Gladys Cooper, St Martin's Theatre), and in the title role of Ray Cooney's Move Over Mrs Markham (1972, again opposite Tony Britton, Vaudeville Theatre). She played the Countess of Chell in Waterhouse & Hall's The Card (1973, with Jim Dale, Queen's Theatre), and starred in Frances Durbridge's The Gentle Hook (1973, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, then Piccadilly Theatre), Samuel Taylor & Cornelia Otis Skinner's The Pleasure of His Company (1976 revival, starring opposite Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Phoenix Theatre), Agatha Christie's A Murder Is Announced (1977, opposite Dulcie Gray, Vaudeville Theatre), William Douglas Home's In The Red (1977, with Gerald Harper, Whitehall Theatre) and Noël Coward's Present Laughter (1981, with Donald Sinden and Gwen Watford, Vaudeville Theatre). The latter production was recorded and transmitted on BBC Television.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1954
    Age 33
    Dinah Sheridan's second husband, film executive John Davis, whom she married in 1954, insisted that she quit acting and stay at home with her children.
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  • 1953
    Age 32
    She was Britain's top female box-office star of 1953, according to the Motion Picture Herald's poll of film exhibitors.
    More Details Hide Details This issued a ranking of the 'Top Ten British Box-Office Stars' each year. One of her enduringly popular roles was as Wendy McKim in the comedy Genevieve (1953), where her "comic instinct and control were precise and stylish." The film won a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a National Board of Review award. Her other most memorable screen role was as Mrs Waterbury, the mother of the Railway Children in the famous film The Railway Children (1970). She made only one more cinema film after The Railway Children, The Mirror Crack'd (1980), which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson, with Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple. That role was an atmospheric cameo appearance with Anthony Steel and Nigel Stock in the 'film within a film' Murder at Midnight.
  • 1951
    Age 30
    She received wider recognition for her acting in 1951 as the game warden’s wife in a film about African wildlife, Where No Vultures Fly.
    More Details Hide Details The film was notable for being largely shot on location in Africa. Although a fictional story, it was inspired by the events and life of Mervyn Cowie who had recently fought to establish the National Parks of Kenya. Given a Royal Premiere, it became one of the UK box office hits of the year and won the National Board of Review award (USA) for Foreign Film of the Year. Dinah followed this with playing the second female lead in the acclaimed The Sound Barrier (1952) directed by David Lean. The film was a popular and critical success, winning many awards including three BAFTAs, an Academy Award, a New York Critics Circle award and four National Board of Review awards. In interviews Dinah spoke of how she was very happy to take a supporting role to Ann Todd in order to be directed by Lean. Sheridan then starred opposite Dirk Bogarde in Appointment in London (1952) and had a featured role as Grace Marston in The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan which was made as part of the Coronation celebrations of 1953.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1942
    Age 21
    She postponed her film career to serve for two years as an ambulance driver at the start of World War II. at Welwyn Garden City, where she participated in repertory theatre. After marrying Jimmy Hanley in 1942, she appeared in several films with him.
    More Details Hide Details Notable films in the 1940s Salute John Citizen (1942), Get Cracking (1943, with George Formby), Murder in Reverse (1945, with Chili Bouchier), For You Alone (1945), and the lead roles in The Hills of Donegal (1948) and The Story of Shirley Yorke (1949). She played Jane Huggett in The Huggetts Abroad (1949) and appeared as "Steve Temple" in two Paul Temple films, Calling Paul Temple (1948) and Paul Temple's Triumph (1950).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1932
    Age 11
    In 1932, at age 11, she debuted professionally in Where the Rainbow Ends at the Holborn Empire.
    More Details Hide Details She changed her name to Dinah Sheridan, which she selected from a phone book, to play Wendy, at the age of 14, in a long-running theatrical production of Peter Pan starring Jean Forbes-Robertson. Dinah became the first actress to play both Peter Pan and Wendy, touring between 1934–36 and taking the show to Stratford-upon-Avon. Her parents changed their surname to Sheridan at the same time. Her first feature film was Give My Heart (1935). Other early films included Father Steps Out (1937) and her first starring role the following year in Irish and Proud of It. Stage appearances included Terrance Rattigan's French Without Tears (1939, Oxford), J B Priestley's When We Are Married (1940, with Cyril Cusack, Llandudno) and The Golden Grain (1952, with Betty Balfour, Embassy Theatre, London). Sheridan was one of the first actresses to appear on television in 1936 when the medium was in its infancy, and was interviewed on the BBC TV magazine programme Picture Page. The BBC had commenced the world's first regular scheduled service that year from Alexandra Palace. Dinah's acting credits included appearing with Robert Helpmann in The Maker of Dreams (1937); and in Gallows Glorious, the first ever three-Act play on television (1938).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    Born on September 17, 1920.
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