Minnie Rayner

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Minnie Rayner
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Born(1869-05-02)2 May 1869
Died13 December 1941(1941-12-13) (aged 72)
Years active1903–1940

Minnie Rayner (2 May 1869 – 13 December 1941) was a British stage and film actress. [1]


In 1889, while in South Africa, she acted in the comic opera Falka as Edwige, the fiery Gipsey girl and sister of the brigand chief. The play was staged at the Globe Theatre in Johannesburg and produced by Mr. Perkins of The Edgar Perkins Lyric Opera Company. [2]

A character actress, she played working class figures, often mothers, in films of the 1930s. Her roles include the matriarch of the working-class Fulham family who takes in an exiled Russian prince (Ivor Novello) as a lodger in the comedy I Lived with You (1933). [3] The same year she played Gracie Fields's mother in This Week of Grace . [4]

A recurring role was that of the landlady Mrs. Hudson in a series of Sherlock Holmes adaptations starring Arthur Wontner. [5]

Her stage work included the part of Clara in the original production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever at the Ambassadors Theatre, London, in 1925. [6] She also appeared in a series of Ivor Novello's plays and musicals in the West End: Symphony in Two Flats (1929), Fresh Fields (1933), Glamorous Night (1935), Careless Rapture (1936), Crest of the Wave (1937), and The Dancing Years (1939). [7] In 1930, she reprised her performance as Mabel in Symphony in Two Flats in the Broadway stage and British film versions. [8] [9]


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  2. Special undated 1989 commemorative newspaper which consisted of various articles originally printed by The Star in the course of 1889.
  3. "I Lived with You – review - cast and crew, movie star rating and where to watch film on TV and online". Radio Times.
  4. "This Week of Grace (1933) - Maurice Elvey - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  5. "Minnie Rayner - The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia". www.arthur-conan-doyle.com.
  6. "Production of Hay Fever - Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  7. "Minnie Rayner - Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  8. League, The Broadway. "Symphony in Two Flats – Broadway Play – Original - IBDB". www.ibdb.com.
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