Beatrix Lehmann

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Beatrix Alice Lehmann

(1903-07-01)1 July 1903
Died31 July 1979(1979-07-31) (aged 76)
London, England, UK
OccupationActress, theatre director, author
Years active1935–1979
Parent(s) Rudolph Chambers Lehmann (father)
Alice Mary Davis (mother)
RelativesHelen Lehmann (sister)
Rosamond Lehmann (sister)
John Lehmann (brother)
Henri Lehmann (great-uncle)

Beatrix Alice Lehmann (1 July 1903 – 31 July 1979) was a British actress, theatre director, writer and novelist. [1] [2]


Lehmann was born in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. She trained at the RADA and made her stage debut as Peggy in a 1924 production The Way of the World at the Lyric Hammersmith. [3] She also appeared in films and on television. [4] She wrote short stories and two novels, including Rumour of Heaven, first published in 1934 ( ISBN   014016166X). [2] In 1946 Lehmann became director and producer of the Arts Council Midland Theatre Company. [3]

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She was awarded Britain's Radio Actress of the Year in 1977. [5] In 1978 she appeared in the Doctor Who serial The Stones of Blood as Professor Emilia Rumford. Although no one knew it at the time of recording, this would be her final television appearance. [6] She played Susan Calvin in "The Prophet", an episode of the British science fiction series Out of the Unknown . [7] In 1979 she played Mrs Pleasant in a film version of The Cat and The Canary . [8] Other roles include parts in Z-Cars , The Spy Who Came in from the Cold , A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum , War and Peace , Love for Lydia , Staircase , and Crime and Punishment . [7]

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She came from a family of notable achievers: the third of four children of author and publisher Rudolph Chambers Lehmann. Her great-uncle was Henri Lehmann the artist. [9] Her brother was publisher John Lehmann and one of her two older sisters was the novelist Rosamond Lehmann. [10]

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Beatrix Lehmann died in Camden, London, aged 76. [7] There are 12 portraits of Beatrix Lehmann in the British National Portrait Gallery Collection. [3]

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