Box, Betty E. (1915–1999)

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Box, Betty E. (1915–1999)

British film producer. Name variations: Betty Rogers. Born Betty Evelyn Box, Sept 25, 1915, in Beckenham, Kent, England; died Jan 15, 1999, in London, England; sister of producer Sydney Box; sister-in-law of writer-director Muriel Box; m. Peter Rogers (director, writer, producer), 1949.

Dubbed "Miss Box Office" by the British press, was one of the most prolific and commercially successful producers in the history of British cinema; began working with her brother's documentary production company; during WWII, produced close to 200 British propaganda films; launched 1st feature film, The Seventh Veil (1945), followed by Dear Murderer (1947), When the Bough Breaks (1947), Miranda (1948), The Blind Goddess (1948), Vote for Huggett (1948), Here Come the Huggetts (1948), Don't Ever Leave Me (1949), and The Huggetts Abroad (1949); beginning 1950, her work with the British director Ralph Thomas yielded more than 20 years of lightweight, skillfully executed, and commercially successful movies, including So Long at the Fair (1950), Doctor in the House (1954), Doctor at Sea (1955), Checkpoint (1956), Iron Petticoat (1956), Doctor at Large (1957), Campbell's Kingdom (1958), A Tale of Two Cities (1958), Carve Her Name With Pride (1958), The 39 Steps (1959), Conspiracy of Hearts (1960), No, My Darling Daughter (1961), A Pair of Briefs (1961), Doctor in Distress (1963), Deadlier Than the Male (1966), Doctor in Clover (1966), Doctor in Trouble (1970), Percy (1970) and Percy's Progress (1973). Made Officer of the British Empire (OBE, 1958).

See also Women in World History.