Forbes-Robertson, Jean (1905–1962)

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Forbes-Robertson, Jean (1905–1962)

English stage star. Name variations: Anne McEwen. Born Mar 16, 1905, in London, England; died Dec 24, 1962, in London; dau. of Sir J(ohnston) Forbes-Robertson (actor-manager) and Gertrude Elliott (1874–1950, actress); sister of Diana Forbes-Robertson (author); niece of Maxine Elliott (1868–1940, actress); m. James Hamilton (div.); m. André Van Gyseghem.

Made stage debut in her mother's company in Natal under name Anne McEwen in Paddy the Next Best Thing (1921); debuted in London as Catherine Westcourt in Dancing Mothers (1925); starred or featured in numerous plays, including Uncle Vanya, Don Juan, Berkeley Square, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Dybbuk, title role in Hedda Gabler, Rosmersholm, Viola in Twelfth Night; often starred at Old Vic and played Peter Pan for 7 seasons (1927–34).