Constance Booth (born 1941 or 1944) is an American-born writer, actress, comedian and psychotherapist based in Britain. She has appeared in several British television programmes and films, including her role as Polly Sherman on BBC2's Fawlty Towers, which she co-wrote with her then-husband John Cleese.
1941 or 1944
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
|Occupation||Writer, actress, comedian, psychotherapist|
(m. 1968; div. 1978)
John Lahr (m. 2000)
Booth's father was a Wall Street stock broker and her mother an actress. They moved to New York State after Connie's birth in Indianapolis, Indiana. Booth entered acting and worked as a Broadway understudy and waitress, meeting John Cleese while he was working in New York City. She married Cleese on February 20, 1968.
Booth secured parts in episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–74) and in the Python films And Now for Something Completely Different (1971) and Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975, as a woman accused of being a witch). She also appeared in How to Irritate People (1968), a pre-Monty Python film starring Cleese and other future Monty Python members; a short film titled Romance with a Double Bass (1974) adapted by Cleese from a short story by Anton Chekhov; and The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1977), Cleese's Sherlock Holmes spoof, as Mrs. Hudson.
Booth played various roles on British television, including Sophie in Dickens of London (1976), Mrs. Errol in a BBC adaptation of Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980) and Miss March in a dramatisation of Edith Wharton's The Buccaneers (1995). She also starred in the lead role of a drama called The Story of Ruth (1981), in which she played the role of the schizophrenic daughter of an abusive father, for which she received critical acclaim. In 1994, she played a supporting role in "The Culex Experiment", an episode of the children's science fiction TV series The Tomorrow People.
In 1971, Booth and Cleese had a daughter, Cynthia, who appeared alongside her father in the films A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures. Booth and Cleese divorced in 1978. With Cleese, Booth wrote the scripts for and co-starred in both series of Fawlty Towers, even though the two were actually divorced before the second series was finished and aired. Booth's daughter Cynthia married screenwriter Ed Solomon in 1992.
|1968||How to Irritate People||Various characters||Television film|
|1969-1974||Monty Python's Flying Circus||Various characters|
|1972||Dickens of London||Sophie|
|1975, 1979||Fawlty Towers||Polly Sherman||Also co-creator and writer|
|1980||Why Didn't They Ask Evans||Sylvia Bassington-French||Television film|
|1982||The Deadly Game||Helen Trapp||Television film|
|1983||The Hound of the Baskervilles||Laura Lyons||Television film|
|1985||Past Caring||Linda||Television film|
|1987||The Return of Sherlock Holmes||Violet Morstan||Television film|
|1994||The Tomorrow People||Doctor Lucy Connoe||Episode: "The Culex Experiment"|
|1995||The Buccaneers||Miss March|
|1971||And Now for Something Completely Different||Various characters|
|1974||Romance with a Double Bass||Princess Costanza|
|1975||Monty Python and the Holy Grail||The Witch|
|1977||The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It||Mrs Hudson / Francine Moriarty|
|1980||Little Lord Fauntleroy||Mrs Errol|
|1981||The Story of Ruth||Ruth|
|1987||84 Charing Cross Road||the Lady from Delaware|
|1991||American Friends||Caroline Hartley|
|1993||Leon the Pig Farmer||Yvonne Chadwick|
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