Publicity photo of Geeson from Prudence and the Pill (1968)
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Corona Stage Academy|
(m. 1984;div. 1989)
|Partner(s)|| Sean Kenny |
|Relatives||Sally Geeson (sister)|
Judith Amanda Geeson (born 10 September 1948) is an English film, stage, and television actress. She began her career primarily working on British television series, with a leading role on The Newcomers from 1965 to 1967, before making her major film debut in To Sir, with Love (1967). She starred in a range of films throughout the 1970s, from crime pictures to thriller and horror films, including The Executioner (1970), Fear in the Night (1972), Brannigan (1975) and The Eagle Has Landed (1976).
The Newcomers was a late 1960s BBC soap opera which dealt with the subject of a London family, the Coopers, who moved to a housing estate in the fictional country town of Angleton. It was broadcast in bi-weekly half-hour episodes from October 1965 until November 1969. It was initially produced by Verity Lambert.
To Sir, with Love is a 1967 British drama film that deals with social and racial issues in an inner city school. It stars Sidney Poitier and features Christian Roberts, Judy Geeson, Suzy Kendall and singer Lulu making her film debut. James Clavell directed from his own screenplay, which was based on E. R. Braithwaite's 1959 autobiographical novel of the same name.
Crime films, in the broadest sense, are a cinematic genre inspired by and analogous to the crime fiction literary genre. Films of this genre generally involve various aspects of crime and its detection. Stylistically, the genre may overlap and combine with many other genres, such as drama or gangster film, but also include comedy, and, in turn, is divided into many sub-genres, such as mystery, suspense or noir.
Geeson appeared in several stage productions in the 1980s, including two for the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as an Off-Broadway production of The Common Pursuit (1986). After relocating to the United States she returned to television, playing the recurring character of Maggie Conway on the American series Mad About You from 1992 until 1999, as well as a recurring role on Gilmore Girls in 2002. In 2012 and 2016, she appeared in Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem and 31 , respectively.
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is a major British theatre company, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. The company employs over 1,000 staff and produces around 20 productions a year. The RSC plays regularly in London, Newcastle upon Tyne, and on tour across the UK and internationally.
An Off-Broadway theatre is any professional venue in Manhattan in New York City with a seating capacity between 100 and 499, inclusive. These theatres are smaller than Broadway theatres, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway theatres, which seat fewer than 100.
The Common Pursuit is a play by Simon Gray which follows the lives of six characters who first meet as undergraduates at Cambridge University when they are involved in setting up a literary magazine called The Common Pursuit. The title is an allusion to F. R. Leavis's 1952 collection of essays Scrutiny: The Common Pursuit.
Judy Geeson was born in Arundel, Sussex. She came from a middle-class family; her father was an editor for the National Coal Board magazine.Her sister Sally Geeson, also an actress, is known for her roles in British television sitcoms of the 1970s. Geeson attended Corona Stage Academy and made her stage debut in 1957.
Arundel is a market town and civil parish in a steep vale of the South Downs, West Sussex, England.
Sussex, from the Old English Sūþsēaxe, is a historic county in South East England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. It is bounded to the west by Hampshire, north by Surrey, northeast by Kent, south by the English Channel, and divided for many purposes into the ceremonial counties of West Sussex and East Sussex. Brighton and Hove, though part of East Sussex, was made a unitary authority in 1997, and as such, is administered independently of the rest of East Sussex. Brighton and Hove was granted City status in 2000. Until then, Chichester was Sussex's only city.
The National Coal Board (NCB) was the statutory corporation created to run the nationalised coal mining industry in the United Kingdom. Set up under the Coal Industry Nationalisation Act 1946, it took over the United Kingdom's collieries on "vesting day", 1 January 1947. In 1987, the NCB was renamed the British Coal Corporation, and its assets were subsequently privatised.
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Geeson's professional acting career started in July 1962, with an appearance in an episode of the television series The Probation Officer .Her first major film appearances came in 1967, with roles in To Sir, with Love and Berserk! . She followed these films with the comedy Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1968). Geeson became well-known as a result of a regular role in the BBC early-evening soap opera The Newcomers . She also had a major role in the mid-1970s costume drama Poldark as Caroline Penvenen (later Caroline Enys).
The Probation Officer was a British TV series that ran from 1959-62 about probation officers. It was made by Associated Television and starred John Paul, Jessica Spencer, David Davies and John Scott Martin.
Berserk! is a 1967 British horror-thriller film starring Joan Crawford, Ty Hardin, Diana Dors and Judy Geeson in a macabre mother-daughter tale about a circus plagued with murders. The screenplay was written by Herman Cohen and Aben Kandel, and the film directed by Jim O'Connolly. Berserk! marks Crawford's second-to-last big-screen appearance.
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush is a 1967 British comedy film directed by Clive Donner, based on the novel of the same name by Hunter Davies. The film stars Barry Evans, Judy Geeson and Angela Scoular. It was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, but the festival was cancelled due to the events of May 1968 in France.
Geeson's other films include Prudence and the Pill (1968), Three Into Two Won't Go (1969), 10 Rillington Place (1970), Doomwatch (1972), Brannigan (1975), starring John Wayne, and The Eagle Has Landed (1976). In the TV series Danger UXB (1979) she played the female lead, Susan Mount, opposite Anthony Andrews. She also had the lead role of Fulvia in the science fiction series Star Maidens (1976).
Prudence and the Pill is a 1968 British comedy film made by Twentieth Century-Fox. It was directed by Fielder Cook and Ronald Neame and produced by Kenneth Harper and Ronald J. Kahn from a screenplay by Hugh Mills, based on his own novel. The music score was by Bernard Ebbinghouse and the cinematography by Ted Moore.
10 Rillington Place is a 1971 British crime drama film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Richard Attenborough, John Hurt and Judy Geeson. It was adapted by Clive Exton from the book Ten Rillington Place by Ludovic Kennedy.
Doomwatch is a 1972 science fiction/thriller film directed by Peter Sasdy. The film is based on the BBC series Doomwatch. The screenplay was written by Clive Exton.
In addition to her film and television work during this time, Geeson also performed in theatrical productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company as Lavinia in Titus Andronicus and as Viven 532 in Section Nine (both 1973).She also had roles in stage productions of Next Time I'll Sing to You (1980) and The Real Thing (1985), both in London, before making her Off-Broadway debut in The Common Pursuit in 1987.
In Roman mythology, Lavinia is the daughter of Latinus and Amata and the last wife of Aeneas.
Titus Andronicus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593, probably in collaboration with George Peele. It is thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy and is often seen as his attempt to emulate the violent and bloody revenge plays of his contemporaries, which were extremely popular with audiences throughout the 16th century.
The Real Thing is a play by Tom Stoppard that was first performed in 1982. It examines the nature of honesty and uses various constructs, including a play within a play, to explore the theme of reality versus appearance.
Geeson relocated from London to Los Angeles in 1984; there she began appearing in American television, including a role as a series regular in the sitcom Mad About You , playing the hostile neighbour, Maggie Conway, from 1992 to 1999. She also played the role of Sandrine in the Star Trek: Voyager episodes "The Cloud" and "Twisted".
Having appeared in a number of horror films during the 1970s and 1980s, including Fear in the Night (1972),A Candle for the Devil (1973), Dominique (1978) and Inseminoid (1981), Geeson returned to the horror genre in The Lords of Salem (2012), directed by Rob Zombie. The film marked her return to acting following a nine-year absence. She portrayed Sister Dragon in Rob Zombie's slasher film 31 which was released in 2015.
In the 1970s Geeson lived with set designer Sean Kenny until his death in 1973.She was married to actor Kristoffer Tabori from 1985 until their divorce in 1989. In a 2015 interview, Geeson stated that she had resided in Los Angeles, California, for the past 30 years.
|1963||Wings of Mystery||Jane|
|1967||To Sir, With Love||Pamela Dare|
|1967||Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush||Mary Gloucester|
|1968||Prudence and the Pill||Geraldine Hardcastle|
|1969||Three Into Two Won't Go||Ella Patterson|
|1969||Two Gentlemen Sharing||Jane|
|1970||The Executioner||Polly Bendel|
|1970||10 Rillington Place||Beryl Evans|
|1971||Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster?||Jody Kenyon||Television film|
|1971||One of Those Things||Susanne Strauss|
|1972||Fear in the Night||Peggy Heller|
|1973||A Candle for the Devil||Laura Barkley|
|1974||Percy's Progress||Doctor Fairweather|
|1975||Brannigan||Detective Sergeant Jennifer Thatcher|
|1976||Adventures of a Taxi Driver||Nikki|
|1976||Carry On England||Sergeant Tilly Willing|
|1976||The Eagle Has Landed||Pamela Verecker|
|1980||Towards the Morning|
|1982||The Plague Dogs||Pekingese||Voice role|
|1987||The Price of Life||Anthea|
|1988||The Secret Life of Kathy McCormick||Babs||Television film|
|1993||Young Goodman Brown||Bridget Bishop|
|1996||To Sir, with Love II||Pamela Dare||Television film|
|1998||Houdini||Lady Doyle||Television film|
|1999||The Duke||Lady Fautblossom|
|2000||Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion||Alien||Television film; voice role|
|2000||Everything Put Together||Angie's Mother|
|2003||Spanish Fly||Miss England|
|2012||The Lords of Salem||Lacy Doyle|
|1961–4||Dixon of Dock Green||Jenny Fenton / Dawn Pearce||2 episodes|
|1962||The Probation Officer||Gwen Thomas||1 episode|
|1962||Emergency – Ward 10||Joanne Phipps||3 episodes|
|1964||Television Club||Shirley Brent||18 episodes|
|1965||Alexander Graham Bell||Berta Hubbard||3 episodes|
|1965||The Flying Swan||Sonia Dale||1 episode|
|1965||Cluff||Joan Cluff||1 episode|
|1965||Danger Man||Helen Cazalet||1 episode|
|1965–7||The Newcomers||Maria Cooper||51 episodes|
|1966||Mrs Thursday||Brenda Scott||1 episode|
|1967||Mickey Dunne||Sasha Newman||1 episode|
|1967||Mr. Rose||Shirley||1 episode|
|1967||Man in a Suitcase||Sue Mandel||1 episode|
|1972||Lady Windermere's Fan ( Play of the Month )||Lady Windermere||BBC taped drama|
|1973||A Room with a View (Play of the Month)||Lucy Honeychurch||BBC taped drama|
|1973||The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes , "The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railway"||Polly Burton||Thames Television taped drama|
|1974||The Skin Game (Play of the Month)||Chloe||BBC taped drama|
|1975||Space: 1999||Regina Kesslann||1 episode|
|1975–77||Poldark||Caroline Enys (née Penvenen)||19 episodes|
|1975||Thriller||Helen Marlow||1 episode|
|1976||Star Maidens||Fulvia||8 episodes|
|1977||Seven Faces of Woman||Carol||1 episode|
|1978||Return of the Saint||Selma Morrell||1 episode|
|1978||The Newcomers||Maria Cooper||2 episodes|
|1979||Danger UXB||Susan Mount||9 episodes|
|1980||Breakaway||Becky Royce||6 episodes|
|1980–3||Tales of the Unexpected||Mary / Sandra||2 episodes|
|1985–6||Murder, She Wrote||Sister Ruth Fargo / Elaine McComber||2 episodes|
|1986||The A-Team||Marlena Strasser||1 episode|
|1986||Hotel||Pat Magnuson||1 episode|
|1988||MacGyver||Liane Auber||1 episode|
|1992–99||Mad About You||Maggie Conway||33 episodes|
|1995||Star Trek: Voyager||Sandrine||2 episodes|
|1996–99||Tracey Takes On...||Elsie Ayliss / Dorothy Appleton / Guest||3 episodes|
|2000||Touched by an Angel||Pookie Longfellow-Smith||1 episode|
|2000||Charmed||Ruth Cobb||1 episode|
|2000||Love & Money||Emma||1 episode|
|2001–2||Gilmore Girls||Natalie Swope||3 episodes|
|1972||Othello||Desdemona||The Space, London|
|1973||Titus Andronicus||Lavinia||Aldwych Theatre, London|
|1973||Section Nine||Viven 532||The Place, Stratford-upon-Avon|
|1980||Next Time I'll Sing to You||Lizzie||Greenwich Theatre, London|
|1985||The Real Thing||Royal Strand Theatre, London|
|1986||The Common Pursuit||Marigold Watson||Promenade Theatre, New York City|
|1987||Aunt Dan and Lemon||Lemon's mother||Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles|
|1987||Henceforward...||Zoe||Alley Theatre, Houston|
|2002||Under the Blue Sky||Anne||Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles|
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