Mitchell, Yvonne (1925–1979)

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Mitchell, Yvonne (1925–1979)

British actress . Born in London, England, in 1925; died of cancer in 1979.

Selected filmography:

Queen of Spades (1949); Children of Chance (1951); Turn the Key Softly (1953); The Divided Heart (1954); Escapade (1955); Yield to the Night (Blonde Sinner, 1956); Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957); Passionate Summer (1958); Tiger Bay (1959); Sapphire (1959); Conspiracy of Hearts (1960); The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960); Johnny Nobody (1961); The Main Attraction (1963); Genghis Khan (1965); The Corpse (Crucible of Horror, 1970); The Great Waltz (1972); Demons of the Mind (1974); Widow's Nest (US-Sp., 1977).

Making her stage debut at the age of 14, British actress Yvonne Mitchell rose to prominence with the Old Vic, portraying roles as varied as Ophelia in Hamlet and Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. One of Britain's leading stage performers during the 1940s and 1950s, she also worked in film and television, becoming well known for her "anguished" roles. Mitchell won the British Film Academy Award for her performance in The Divided Heart (1954) and a Berlin Festival Award for Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957). She also wrote plays, novels, and an autobiography, Actress (1957).

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