Doris Lloyd

Hessy Doris Lloyd (3 July 1891[1] – 21 May 1968) was an English-American actress of screen and stage.[2] She is perhaps best known for her roles in The Time Machine (1960) and The Sound of Music (1965). During her career, Lloyd appeared in two Academy-Award winners and four other nominees.

Doris Lloyd
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Lloyd in 1921
Hessy Doris Lloyd

(1891-07-03)3 July 1891
Died21 May 1968(1968-05-21) (aged 71)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park
Years active1916–1967

Early lifeEdit

Lloyd's parents were Edward Franklin Lloyd and Hessy Jane McCappin. She was born in Liverpool, and she had a grandfather who was an amateur actor. Her father was born in 1855, in Holywell, Flintshire. Her mother was born in 1860. [1]:114


When Lloyd was 23, she debuted on stage with the Liverpool Repertory Company. Her silent film debut was in 1920 in The Shadow Between. She went to the United States to visit a sister already living there. What was supposed to be a visit she made permanent.[1]:114 She spent several years (1916–25) appearing in Broadway theatre plays, notably a number of Ziegfeld Follies editions, and probably spent some time on the road in touring companies. She decided on a film career, making her first film in 1922[citation needed]. With the exception of returning to one Broadway play in 1947, her career was devoted to films and television.[3]


Lloyd appeared in over 150 films in a 45 year career between 1922 and 1967, including the 1933 low-budget Monogram Pictures version of Oliver Twist, in which she played Nancy. Irving Pichel starred as Fagin and Dickie Moore as Oliver. Her roles ranged from the sinister Russian spy Mrs. Travers in the biopic Disraeli (1929) to the meek housekeeper Mrs. Watchett in The Time Machine (1960).

Her most famous film roles were in the Tarzan films starring Johnny Weissmuller. She voiced one of the roses in Disney's Alice in Wonderland (1951), later making small appearances in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music which both starred Julie Andrews.


Lloyd died on 21 May 1968, aged 76, in Santa Barbara, California. Her interment was in Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.[4]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b c Nissen, Axel (2016). Accustomed to Her Face: Thirty-Five Character Actresses of Golden Age Hollywood. McFarland. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-4766-2606-2. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Doris Lloyd". AllMovie. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Doris Lloyd". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 23 March 2020. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  4. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-5019-0. Retrieved 22 March 2020.

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