Yvonne Furneaux (born Elisabeth Yvonne Scatcherd; 11 May 1928) is a French-British retired actress. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she worked with notable filmmakers like Peter Brook, Federico Fellini, Roman Polanski, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Claude Chabrol, as well as in several genre productions.
Elisabeth Yvonne Scatcherd
11 May 1928
|Other names||Tessa Scatcherd|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
(m. 1962; died 2007)
Furneaux was born Elisabeth Yvonne Scatcherd to English parents living in Roubaix, France. Her Yorkshireman father, Joseph Scatcherd, was a director at a local branch of Lloyds Bank.Her mother, Amy Furneaux, was from Devon. She had a sister, Jeanne.
The family moved to England prior to the outbreak of World War II, and Yvonne enrolled in St Hilda's College, Oxford in 1946 to study Modern Languages, where she was known as "Tessa Scatcherd". While studying at Oxford she became involved in university theatre groups, and after graduating enrolled in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Furneaux made her stage debut at the age of 24. She played in productions of Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew, and was photographed by Norman Parkinson as one of "The Young Look in the Theatre" for the January 1953 issue of Vogue.
She made her film debut with a minor role in Anthony Pelissier's omnibus comedy Meet Me Tonight (1952). She subsequently played several supporting parts, including in Peter Brook's 1953 film version of The Beggar's Opera, the adventure films The Master of Ballantrae and The Dark Avenger, and the mystery film The House of the Arrow. She played the female lead in the Hammer horror film The Mummy.
In 1955, she starred Michelangelo Antonioni's Le Amiche, which won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and launched a successful parallel career in Italian cinema. She played Emma, the fiancé to Marcello Mastroianni's character, in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. She played leading roles in several peplum films, and she returned to her native France to star in a pair of films for director Claude Autant-Lara (The Count of Monte Cristo and Enough Rope).
|1953||Douglas Fairbanks Presents||Suzie Rochard||Episode: "The Genie"|
|1954||The Three Princes||Yasmin||Television film|
|1955||The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel||Suzanne de Fleury||Episode: "The Hostage"|
|1956||Nom-de-Plume||The Countess||Episode: "The Courtesan"|
|Adventure Theatre||Vanessa||Episode: "The Javanese Dagger"|
|1957||ITV Play of the Week||Kathi Lutterwell||Episode: "The Tigress on the Hearth"|
|1965||Danger Man||Lisa Lee||Episode: "A Very Dangerous Game"|
|Hereward the Wake||Torfrida||11 episodes|
|1966||The Baron||Selina Travis||Episodes: "Masquerade" & "The Killing"|
|The Man Who Never Was||Paula||Episode: "A Little Ignorance"|
|1969||The Last of the Powerseekers||Miss Rabier||Television film|