Sunday, November 13, 2016

Born Today November 13: Hermione Baddeley


Hermione Youlanda Ruby Clinton-Baddeley was born on this date in Shropshire, England, UK.  She is best know stateside for her numerous television roles in the 1970's, as well as supporting roles in films like Mary Poppins (1964) and Alister Sims' A Christmas Carol.  Though very well known for these roles, and her recurring role as Mrs. Naugatuck opposite Bea Arthur in the series Maude, Baddeley actually started acting in films in the late 1920's and had stage career before that.  Her first film appearance came in 1927 in the role of "Calamity Kate" in the British silent comedy A Daughter In Revolt.  She made one other silent film in 1928 entitled Guns Of Loos, which was set during World War I.  She would go on to be one of the great female character actors of her generation.  Starting in the 1940's she also forged a long stage working career with playwright satirist Noel Coward. During the span of her career, she was nominated for both a Tony award and an Oscar (as a point of trivia: her Oscar nomination came for Best Supporting Actress for Room At The Top (1959), hers was the shortest performance time to ever be nominated for that category.).  She continued to work right up until the time of her death.  She passed away in California on 19 August 1986 after a series of small strokes.  She was 79 years of age.  Though she died in the U.S., her remains were shipped back to her home country and interred there in the St. Mary and St. Melor Parish churchyard in Wiltshire. 

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