Reid, Beryl (1918–1996)

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Reid, Beryl (1918–1996)

British character actress. Born on June 17, 1918 (some sources cite 1920), in Hereford, England; died on October 13, 1996, in Slough, England.

Selected filmography:

The Bells of St. Trinian's (1954); Two Way Street (1960); The Dock Brief (Trial and Error, 1962); Inspector Clouseau (1968); The Killing of Sister George (US, 1968); Star! (US, 1968); The Assassination Bureau (1969); Entertaining Mr. Sloane (1970); The Beast in the Cellar (1971); Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972); The Death Wheelers (1973); Joseph Andrews (1977); Carry on Emannuelle (1978).

A versatile British character actress who was equally adept at comedy and drama, Beryl Reid began her career as a music-hall performer, then graduated to stage and screen. She won wide acclaim in America for her Broadway portrayal of the caustic lesbian radio soap-opera star in The Killing of Sister George (1966), a role she reprised in the 1968 film. Reid died in 1996, having developed pneumonia after a knee operation.