Madeleine Carroll

Madeleine Carroll

Born Feb 26, 1906

Edith Madeleine Carroll was an English actress, popular both there and in America in the 1930s and 1940s. At the peak of her success she was the highest paid actress in the world, earning a then staggering $250,000 in 1938.

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1906 Birth Born on February 26, 1906.


1928 22 Years Old Carroll made her stage debut with a touring company in The Lash. Widely recognised as one of the most beautiful women in films (she won a film beauty competition to start herself off in the business), Carroll's aristocratic blonde allure and sophisticated style were first glimpsed by film audiences in The Guns of Loos in 1928. … Read More
1935 29 Years Old Carroll attracted the attention of Alfred Hitchcock and in 1935 starred as one of the director's earliest prototypical cool, glib, intelligent blondes in The 39 Steps. … Read More


1939 33 Years Old She divorced her first husband Colonel Philip Reginald Astley in 1939. … Read More
1941 35 Years Old In 1941 she starred opposite Sterling Hayden in Virginia. They married in February 1942, and divorced in May 1946.
1943 37 Years Old After her only sister Marguerite was killed in World War II's London Blitz, Carroll made a radical shift from acting to working in field hospitals as a Red Cross nurse. Having become a naturalised U.S. citizen in 1943, she served at the American Army Air Force's 61st Station Hospital in Foggia, Italy in 1944, where wounded airmen flying out of area air bases were hospitalized. … Read More


1946 40 Years Old In late 1946, she went briefly to Switzerland to film a British soap opera, High Fury (aka White Cradle Inn). … Read More
1947 41 Years Old In 1947, Carroll returned to the U.S. together with Lavorel. … Read More
1949 43 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She made her final film for director Otto Preminger, The Fan, adapted from Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan, in 1949. … Read More
1950 44 Years Old She married Andrew Heiskell, publisher of Life, in 1950, and they had a daughter Anne in 1951. They divorced in 1965. … Read More


1987 82 Years Old Carroll died on 2 October 1987 from pancreatic cancer in Marbella, Spain age 81. … Read More
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