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Thora Janette Scott (born 14 December 1938) is a retired English actress.
Thora Janette Scott
14 December 1938
Jackie Rae (m. 1959–1965)
Mel Tormé (m. 1966–1977)
William Rademaekers (m. 1981)
|Parent(s)||James Scott |
Life and careerEdit
Scott was born in Morecambe, Lancashire, England. She is the daughter of actors Jimmy Scott and Thora Hird and began her acting career as a child actress known as Janette Scott. Scott was briefly (along with Jennifer Gay) one of the so-called "Children's Announcers" providing continuity links for the BBC's children's TV programs from the Lime Grove Studios in the early 1950s.
She became a popular leading lady, one of her best-known roles being April Smith in the film School for Scoundrels (1960), based on the "one-upmanship" books by Stephen Potter, in which Ian Carmichael and Terry-Thomas competed for her attention. Some scenes for School for Scoundrels were shot at a private members club before its current incarnation as a hotel. The hotel hosted a screening in 2016 with Janette Scott attending and answering questions about filming School For Scoundrels.
Scott's highest profile as a leading lady in British films was from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, having over a dozen leading roles during this period. She was the female lead opposite some major stars of the time, including Terry-Thomas, Ian Carmichael, Ronald Lewis, Ian Hendry and George Chakiris. She gave up her career upon marrying second husband Mel Torme.
She has been married three times:
|1942||Went the Day Well?||Child|
|1943||The Lamp Still Burns|
|1944||Two Thousand Women||Mrs. Burtshaw's Daughter on Mother's Lap|
|1944||The Gay Intruders|
|1950||No Place for Jennifer||Jennifer|
|1951||The Galloping Major||Susan Hill|
|1951||No Highway in the Sky||Elspeth Honey|
|1951||The Magic Box||Ethel Friese-Greene|
|1953||Background||Jess Lomax||AKA, Edge of Divorce|
|1955||As Long as They're Happy||Gwen Bentley|
|1956||Helen of Troy||Cassandra|
|1956||Now and Forever||Janette Grant|
|1957||The Good Companions||Susie Dean|
|1958||Happy Is the Bride||Janet Royd|
|1959||The Lady Is a Square||Joanna Baring|
|1959||The Devil's Disciple||Judith Anderson|
|1960||School for Scoundrels||April Smith|
|1961||His and Hers||Fran Blake|
|1962||Two and Two Make Six||Irene|
|1963||The Day of the Triffids||Karen Goodwin|
|1963||Siege of the Saxons||Katherine|
|1963||The Old Dark House||Cecily Femm|
|1964||The Beauty Jungle||Shirley Freeman|
|1965||Crack in the World||Dr. Maggie Sorenson|
|1954||The Dashing White Sergeant||Fione Cuningham||TV film|
|1957||Sunday Night Theatre||Judy||Episode: "The Girl at the Next Table"|
|1958||Armchair Theatre||Maeve McHugh||Episode: "A Man's Woman"|
|1960||BBC Sunday-Night Play||Kitty Tape||Episode: "20th Century Theatre: The Queen Came By"|
|1965||Burke's Law||Jennifer Robbins||Episode: "Password to Death"|
|1997||Last of the Summer Wine||Cameo||Episode: "There Goes the Groom"|
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