Mary Morris

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Mary Morris
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Born
Mary Lilian Agnes Morris

(1915-12-13)13 December 1915
Lautoka, Fiji
Died14 October 1988(1988-10-14) (aged 72)
Aigle, Switzerland
OccupationActress
Years active1937–1988

Mary Lilian Agnes Morris (13 December 1915 – 14 October 1988) was a British actress.

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Life and career

Morris was the daughter of Herbert Stanley Morris, a botanist, and his wife Sylvia Ena de Creft-Harford. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Morris made her stage debut in Lysistrata at the Gate Theatre, London in 1935. She performed with Leslie Howard in "Pimpernel" Smith (1941) and Anna Petrovitch in the Ealing war movie Undercover (1943) as the wife of a Serbian guerrilla leader. On television, she played Professor Madeleine Dawnay in the science-fiction television drama A for Andromeda (and its sequel, The Andromeda Breakthrough ), Queen Margaret in the BBC's An Age of Kings (a version of Shakespeare's History Plays), Lady Macbeth in the 1960 radio production of Macbeth and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (as part of the BBC's adaptation of Shakespeare's Roman plays, The Spread of the Eagle ) in 1963. [1]

She played Number Two in The Prisoner 's episode "Dance of the Dead". After an absence of many years, she reappeared in diverse film roles such as Madame Fidolia the Russian ballerina and theatre school director in the BBC television serial Ballet Shoes (1975), and the mother of the murdered boy in the 1977 horror film Full Circle . She also appeared on television in Doctor Who in the story Kinda (1982), playing the pivotal role of the shaman Panna opposite Peter Davison.

Her other television appearances included the Countess Vronsky in the BBC's Anna Karenina (1977), the macabre, ancient relative in the Walter de la Mare story Seaton's Aunt (1983) in Granada Television's Shades of Darkness series, Mrs Browning-Browning in Stephen Wyatt's Claws (BBC 1 1987) and the formidable matriarch in Police at the Funeral , an adaptation of one of Margery Allingham's Albert Campion stories for the BBC's Campion (1989).

In addition to her film role, she played Elizabeth the First on a 'Makers of History' LP record, using the queen's spoken and written words and contemporary music, issued by EMI in 1964. [2]

Death

She died from heart failure on 14 October 1988 in Aigle, Switzerland.

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References

  1. Profile [ permanent dead link ], genome.ch.co.uk. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  2. The Makers of History - Elizabeth the GreatEMI CSD 1529 Laureate Series.