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Sarah Lynne Marshall (25 May 1933 – 18 January 2014) was an English actress, who was the daughter of actors Herbert Marshall and Edna Best.[1] She appeared in many popular classic television shows, especially in the 1960s, and occasionally in films and on the stage.

Sarah Marshall
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Marshall in 1961
Sarah Lynne Marshall

(1933-05-25)25 May 1933
London, England
Died18 January 2014(2014-01-18) (aged 80)
Years active1951–2012
Mel Bourne
(m. 1952; div. 1957)

Carl Held
(m. 1964)
Parent(s)Herbert Marshall
Edna Best

Early yearsEdit

In 1939, Marshall and her mother moved to Los Angeles after her parents divorced.[2]


Marshall made her Broadway debut in 1951 in a short revival of Elmer Rice's Dream Girl. Her next performances were in three revivals of Robert E. Sherwood plays and a new S. N. Behrman play opposite her mother, all to small audiences.[3] Marshall went on to win a Theatre World Award in 1956 for her role as Bonnie Dee Ponder in the adaptation of Eudora Welty's The Ponder Heart.[4][5] She was also nominated for the Tony Award in 1960 for her role in George Axelrod's play Goodbye, Charlie.[6]

Marshall also had a starring role in Alfred Hitchcock Presents as "Poopsie" in "The Baby Blue Expression." Throughout the 1960s, she appeared in a variety of other television series, including The Twilight Zone (episode "Little Girl Lost" (1962) in which she played Ruth, the Mother of Tina), Thriller, F Troop, Perry Mason, Get Smart and Star Trek. She guest-starred in three episodes of NBC's Daniel Boone: "Cry of Gold" (1965), "Take the Southbound Stage" (1967) and "Hero's Welcome" (1968).

From the 1970s until shortly before her death, Marshall appeared in numerous television series and in several films. On television, her only full-time regular series role was in the CBS sitcom Miss Winslow & Son in 1979, in which she played Evelyn Winslow, the mother of the series' main character Susan Winslow.[7] Her final film performance was that of "Mrs. Weston" in Bad Blood ... The Hunger, released in 2012.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Marshall married American production designer and art director Melvin Bourne 13 June 1952.[1] They had one child, Timothy Bourne, and they divorced in 1957. She married actor Carl Held in 1964.[9][3]


Marshall died on 18 January 2014, at age 80 after a lengthy battle with cancer.[9][10] She was survived by her second husband and her son Timothy from her first marriage.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1958 The Long, Hot Summer Agnes Stewart
1964 Wild and Wonderful Pamela
1965 A Rage to Live Connie
1966 Lord Love a Duck Miss Schwartz
1972 Embassy Miss Harding
1993 Dave Diane
1995 Dangerous Minds Librarian #2
2012 Bad Blood Mrs. Weston (final film role)


  1. ^ a b "Love Laughs at Jinx (caption)". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 4, 1952. p. 2. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  2. ^ Lentz, Harris M. III (2015). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2014. McFarland. ISBN 9780786476664. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Simonson, Robert (January 21, 2014). "Sarah Marshall, Tony-Nominated English Actress, Dies at 80". Playbill. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Sarah Marshall - Playbill". Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  5. ^ "Theatre World Awards Past Recipients". Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  6. ^ "("Sarah Marshall" search results)". Tony Awards. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  7. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 696. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  8. ^ "Sarah Marshall (I) (1933–2014)". Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  9. ^ a b "Sarah Marshall, Actress in 'Twilight Zone' and 'Star Trek', Dies at 80". The New York Times. 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  10. ^ "British Actress Sarah Marshall Dies at 80". Hollywood Reporter. 2014-01-20. Retrieved 2016-02-16.

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