Jeanne de Casalis

Jeanne de Casalis (22 May 1897 – 19 August 1966) was a Basutoland-born British actress of stage, radio, TV and film.[1]

Jeanne de Casalis
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Born22 May 1897
Died19 August 1966 (age 69)
OccupationActress & comedian
Years active1925–1953 (film & TV)

Born in Basutoland as Jeanne Casalis de Pury, she was educated in France, where her businessman father was the proprietor of one of that country's largest corset retailers, Charneaux.[2] She initiated her career in music first, only later beginning to work onstage in London. She appeared on stage in The Mask of Virtue with Vivien Leigh (1935), and in Agatha Christie's The Hollow (1951).[3][4] On radio, she created the popular comic character 'Mrs. Feather' and also authored Mrs Feather's Diary (1936) based on her monologues.[5][6][7] Her best-known films were Cottage to Let (1941) and Jamaica Inn (1939).[8]

She married English actor Colin Clive, best remembered for Frankenstein (1931), in June 1929, though they were estranged for several years before his death on 25 June 1937 from tuberculosis.[9] Her second husband, whom she married around 1938, was RAF Wing Commander Cowan Douglas Stephenson; they lived at Hunger Hatch near Ashford, Kent.[10] Jeanne de Casalis died on 19 August 1966, aged 69.[2]

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  1. ^ "Jeanne De Casalis". BFI.
  2. ^ a b "Jeanne De Casalis – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB".
  3. ^ Wearing, J. P. (May 15, 2014). The London Stage 1930-1939: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9780810893047 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Wearing, J. P. (September 16, 2014). The London Stage 1950-1959: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9780810893085 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "'Miss Jeanne de Casalis', Frank Dobson, 1934". Tate.
  6. ^ "A Charity Affair". June 18, 1934. p. 24 – via BBC Genome.
  7. ^ Purcell, Jennifer J. (May 14, 2020). Mother of the BBC: Mabel Constanduros and the Development of Popular Entertainment on the BBC, 1925-57. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. ISBN 9781501346538 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "Jeanne de Casalis | Movies and Filmography". AllMovie.
  9. ^ McFarlane, Brian; Slide, Anthony (May 16, 2016). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526111968 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ "Three Photos of Jeanne De Casalis and Her Husband. Jeanne's husband | Lot #23093". Heritage Auctions.

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