Muriel Angelus

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Muriel Angelus
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Screenshot of Muriel Angelus from the original trailer for the film The Great McGinty.
Muriel E S M Findlay

(1912-03-10)10 March 1912
Died26 June 2004(2004-06-26) (aged 92)
Years active19281946
Spouse(s) John Stuart (19281938)
Paul Lavalle (19461997) 1 child
Children1 [1]

Muriel Angelus (born Muriel E S M Findlay, 10 March 1912 26 June 2004) was an English stage, musical theatre, and film actress.


Born in Lambeth, South London, to Scottish parentage,[ citation needed ] her father was a chemist. She was educated at the Ursiline Convent in London. [2] She developed a sweet-voiced soprano at an early age. She made her debut on stage at the age of 12, appearing in a play she had written herself called The Sister Key.[ citation needed ] Also at 12, she acted in a production of Henry VIII. [3]

She went on to sing in music halls and to dance in a West End production of The Vagabond King (1927). [4]

She entered films toward the end of the silent era with The Ringer (1928), the first of three movie versions of the Edgar Wallace play. Her second film, Sailor Don't Care (1928) was important only in that she met her first husband, Scots-born actor John Stuart on the set; her role was excised from the film. [4]

Though in her first sound picture, Night Birds (1930), she got to sing a number, most of her films did not use her musical talents. The sweet-natured actress who played both ingenues and 'other woman' roles co-starred with husband Stuart in No Exit (1930), Eve's Fall (1930) and Hindle Wakes (1931), and appeared with British star Monty Banks in some of his film farces, including My Wife's Family (1931) and So You Won't Talk (1935). Muriel received a career lift with the glossy musical London hit Balalaika .[ citation needed ] She also acted in the British serial Lloyd of the C.I.D. . [3]

She portrayed Adriana in the original Broadway production of The Boys From Syracuse (1938), and Marie Sauvinet in the Broadway production of Sunny River (1941). [5] In turn, she received a contract with Paramount Pictures, but never became a star and is largely remembered solely by the acting buffs and nostalgists. Her last known film role was in The Great McGinty (1940). She then revived her Broadway career and had a great success in the musical comedy, Early to Bed (1943). [6]

Her final performance came in 1946,[ citation needed ] after her marriage to Paul Lavalle. In 1959 she resisted the efforts of Richard Rodgers to secure her for the part of the Mother Abbess in the first Broadway production of The Sound of Music . [4]

Interviewed in 1996, she said it had been a mistake for her to leave England. "I was caught up in the glamour, but once in Hollywood I was nothing more than a tiny craft battling in an ocean beside much weightier ships." [4]

Angelus died at a nursing home in Harrisonburg, Virginia, aged 92, survived by her daughter from her second marriage. [1] She was cremated and her ashes returned to her surviving daughter. [7]


1928 Sailors Don't Care Bit part(scenes deleted)
1928 The Ringer Mary Lenley
1928 The Infamous Lady The Girl
1929 Mascots Annie, Draftswoman
1930Eve's FallEve WarrenShort
1930 No Exit Ann Ansell
1930 Night Birds Dolly Mooreland
1930 Red Aces Ena Burslem
1931 Let's Love and Laugh The Bride Who Was
1931 The Wife's Family Peggy Gay
1931 Hindle Wakes Beatrice Farrar
1932 Detective Lloyd Sybil Craig
1932 Blind Spot Marilyn Janney
1932 Don't Be a Dummy Lady Diana Summers
1935 So You Won't Talk Katrina
1939 The Light That Failed Maisie
1940 The Way of All Flesh Mary Brown
1940 Safari Fay Thorne [8]
1940 The Great McGinty Catherine McGinty(final film role)

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