Dorothy Ann Todd (24 January 1907 – 6 May 1993) was an English actress and producer.
Todd in The Paradine Case, 1948.
|Died||6 May 1993 (aged 86)|
|Spouse(s)||Victor N. Malcolm|
(m. 1933; div. 19??)
(m. 1945; div. 1949)
(m. 1949; div. 1957)
|Relatives||Harold Brooke (Brother)|
Todd was born in Hartford, Cheshire, England. Although latterly claiming to be born in 1909, 1911 census records show her born in 1907 and christened in March 1907. Her Scottish-born father Thomas was a salesman, and her London-born mother Constance a housewife. She had a younger brother Harold Brooke (who took their mother's maiden name), who became a screen writer of light comedies. Her great great uncle was the English painter William Hogarth.
After the family moved to London, Todd was educated at St. Winifrid's School, Eastbourne, Sussex. She studied speech training and drama under Elsie Fogerty at the Central School of Speech and Drama, then based at the Royal Albert Hall, London, with the intention of becoming a drama teacher. But during her studies she made her stage debut as a fairy in "The Land of Heart's Desire" at the Arts Theatre Club in Soho, and decided instead to pursue a career in acting.
Initially a London-based theatre actress, she quickly began to accumulate walk-on parts in film, making her film debut in Keepers of Youth (1931). She had roles in These Charming People (1931), The Ghost Train (1931), The Water Gipsies (1932) and The Return of Bulldog Drummond (1934).
During World War II, Todd was in Poison Pen (1939), Danny Boy (1941), and Ships with Wings (1941). But she concentrated latterly again on theatre roles, putting in a memorable performance in Enid Bagnold's psychological thriller "Lottie Dundass" at the Vaudeville Theatre in 1943.
Todd returned to film post-WWII with a good support role in a big hit, Perfect Strangers (1945, as a nurse), then had a huge success when she played a suicidal concert pianist in The Seventh Veil (1945), opposite James Mason. She followed this with a musical, Gaiety George (1946) and a noir Daybreak (shot in 1946, released in 1948).
The Seventh Veil was a hit in the US as well as UK. In 1946, having been signed by producer David O. Selznick, Todd was said to be the "holder of the most lucrative contract ever signed by an English cinema actress, with over a million dollars involved in its clauses". She commented in subsequent interviews that she continued to do her own grocery shopping, and latterly in her autobiography noted that she paid $880,000 in taxes on the contract.
She received a Hollywood offer from Alfred Hitchcock to play Gregory Peck's wife in The Paradine Case (1947), which was a flop. So Evil My Love (1948), a US-British co production was a box office disappointment, as was The Passionate Friends (1949), directed by her then husband David Lean. Lean also directed Todd in Madeleine (1950) and The Sound Barrier (1952); the latter was successful commercially.
After starring in Ninety Degrees in the Shade in 1965/6, Todd effectively retired from acting, only returning throughout her life to roles to finance her new career producing a series of travel films. Her autobiography is entitled The Eighth Veil, an allusion to the film which made her a star in Britain. Todd was known as the "pocket Garbo" for her diminutive, blonde beauty.
Todd said of herself, "I'm really very shy, and I get over that playing an actress."
Todd married three times. Her first husband, Victor N. Malcolm, was a grandson of Lillie Langtry; she had a son with him named David Malcolm. Her second and third husbands (Nigel Tangye and David Lean) were first cousins. She had a daughter with Nigel Tangye called Ann Francesca Tangye. She was divorced from Tangye 12 March 1949.
Todd married film director Lean on 21 May 1949 and starred in a number of his films, including The Passionate Friends (1949), Madeleine (1950) and The Sound Barrier (1952). Lean and Todd divorced 15 July 1957.
Todd died on 6 May 1993 from a stroke, aged 86.
- Keepers of Youth (1931), Millicent
- These Charming People (1931), Pamela Crawford
- The Ghost Train (1931), Peggy Murdock
- The Water Gipsies (1932), Jane Bell
- The Return of Bulldog Drummond (1934), Phyllis Drummond
- Things to Come (1936), Mary Gordon
- Action for Slander (1937), Ann Daviot
- The Squeaker (1937), Carol Stedman
- South Riding (1938), Midge Carne
- Ann and Harold (TV) - unknown episodes, (1938), Ann Teviot
- Tower of London (1939), Princess - uncredited
- Poison Pen (1939), Ann Rider
- Danny Boy (1941), Jane Kaye
- Ships with Wings (1942), Kay Gordon
- Perfect Strangers (1945), Elena
- The Seventh Veil (1945), Francesca
- Gaiety George (1946), Kathryn Davis
- The Paradine Case (1947), Gay Keane
- Daybreak (1948), Frankie
- So Evil My Love (1948), Olivia Harwood
- The Passionate Friends (1949), Mary Justin
- Madeleine (1950), Madeleine Smith
- The Sound Barrier (1952), Susan Garthwaite
- BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV) - Two episodes: "Tovarich" (1954), Grand Duchess Tatiana Petrovna; "Her Royal Highness" (1952), Princess Louise
- The Green Scarf (1954), Solange Vauthier
- The Alcoa Hour (TV) - One episode: "The Black Wings" (1955), Jane Cornish
- The United States Steel Hour (TV) - One episode: "Edward My Son" (1955), Evelyn Holt
- Time Without Pity (1957), Honor Stanford
- Climax! (TV) - One episode: Shadow of a Memory (1957), Jane Palmer
- General Electric Theater (TV) - One episode: "Letters from Cairo" (1958), Cynthia Spence
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV) - One episode: "Sylvia" (1958), Sylvia Leeds Kent
- The Offshore Island (TV) (1959), Rachel Verney
- Playhouse 90 (TV) - Two episodes: "The Grey Nurse Said Nothing" (1959), Laura Mills; "Not the Glory" (1958), Lady Diane Goodfellow
- Taste of Fear (1961), Jane Appleby
- Thriller (TV) - One episode: "Letter to a lover" (1961), Sylvia Lawrence
- Ninety Degrees in the Shade (1965), Mrs Kurka
- Armchair Theatre (TV) - Two episodes: "Ready for Glory" (1966), Lady Baynton; "The Lady of Camellias" (1958), Marguerite Gautier
- Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV) - One episode: "The Keys on the Streets" (1967), The woman
- The Fiend (1972), Birdy Wemys
- The Human Factor (1979), Castle’s mother
- Maelstrom (TV miniseries) (1985), Astrid Linderman
- Screen Two (TV) - One episode: "The McGuffin" (1986), Mrs Forbes-Duthie
- Maigret (TV) - One episode, "The Patience of Maigret" (1992), Mlle Josette
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