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Frieda Inescort

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Frieda Inescort
Frieda Inescort in Pride and Prejudice trailer.jpg
Inescort in the trailer for Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Born
Frieda Wrightman

(1901-06-29)29 June 1901
Died26 February 1976(1976-02-26) (aged 74)
OccupationActress
Years active1935–1961
Spouse(s)
Ben Ray Redman
(m. 1926; died 1961)

Frieda Inescort (born Frieda Wrightman, 29 June 1901 – 26 February 1976) was a Scottish-born actress best known for creating the role of Sorel Bliss in Noël Coward's play Hay Fever on Broadway.[1] She also played the shingled lady in John Galsworthy's 1927 Broadway production Escape.[2]

Early years

Born in Edinburgh, Inescort was the daughter of Scots-born journalist John "Jock" Wrightman and actress Elaine Inescourt,[3] who was of German and Polish descent. They married in 1926 but parted ways when their daughter was still a young child.

While she lived in Britain, Inescort wrote for a newspaper in London[4] and worked as secretary to Lord Astor.[5] (Another source says that she was secretary to Lady Astor.)[6]

After going to the United States, she not only acted but also worked as associate editor of The Exporter's Encyclopedia.[5]

Stage

Inescort's acting debut came in The Truth About Blayds (1922), which was presented at the Booth Theatre on Broadway.[3] Her other Broadway credits include You and I (1923), The Woman on the Jury (1923), Windows (1923), The Fake (1924), Ariadne (1925), Hay Fever (1925), Love in a Mist (1926), Mozart (1926), Trelawny of the "Wells" (1927), Escape (1927-1928), Napi (1931), Company's Coming (1931), Springtime for Henry (1931-1932), When Ladies Meet (1933), False Dreams, Farewell (1934), Lady Jane (1934), Soldier's Wife (1944-1945), The Mermaids Singing (1945-1946) and You Never Can Tell (1948).[7]

Film

Frieda Inescort
Frieda Inescort

Frieda Wrightman adopted her mother's surname as her professional name and moved to Hollywood and made her film debut in The Dark Angel (1935). Her other films include Mary of Scotland (1936), The Letter (1940), The Trial of Mary Dugan (1941), You'll Never Get Rich (1941) and A Place in the Sun (1951).[8]

She appeared with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson as the conniving Caroline Bingley in the 1940 film version of Pride and Prejudice.[9] She had a leading role in Call It a Day, a 1937 film in which she appeared with Olivia de Havilland, Bonita Granville, Roland Young, and Ian Hunter.[10] In 1955 Inescort appeared as Mrs. Lawrence in the movie Foxfire starring Jeff Chandler and Jane Russell. She appeared in one episode of Perry Mason as Hope Quentin in "The Case of the Jealous Journalist" (season 5, 1961).[11]

Personal life

On 2 August 1961, she and her husband since 1926, Ben Ray Redman, dined out. Redman had been despondent for some time. Returning home before her, he went upstairs to bed. He then called Frieda, informing her that he was depressed over the state of the world and had taken 12 sedative pills. By the time the paramedics arrived, he had died, a suicide at the age of 65.[12] He had been working as a writer for the Saturday Review and was involved in the translation of European classics into English.[13][14]

Inescort had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1932.[15] Her disease accelerated after her husband's death, and she was using a wheelchair by the mid 1960s. On 7 July 1964, her estranged mother, British actress Elaine Inescourt, died in Brighton, England, aged 87.[16] Frieda worked as much as possible for the funding of multiple sclerosis research.[17] She was often seen in the Hollywood area seated in her wheelchair, collecting donations outside supermarkets and in malls.[18][citation needed]

Death

Inescort died at the age of 74 at the Motion Picture Country Home at Woodland Hills, California from multiple sclerosis.[19][1]

Partial filmography

References

  1. ^ a b League, The Broadway. "Frieda Inescort – Broadway Cast & Staff - IBDB". www.ibdb.com.
  2. ^ League, The Broadway. "Escape – Broadway Play – Original - IBDB". www.ibdb.com.
  3. ^ a b "Frieda Inescort Coming to City; a Varied Career". Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre. The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, the Evening News. 9 April 1924. p. 4. Retrieved 31 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ Hale, Marian (26 May 1922). "Could You Fill Two Jobs? This Girl Can -- She Acts Nights, Writes by Day". New York, Olean. Times Herald. p. 22. Retrieved 30 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ a b Maurel, Mabel (30 April 1922). "Viscount Astor's Former Secretary Now Actress in "Truth About Bladys"". New York, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. p. 47. Retrieved 30 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ "An Unaffected Movie Actress". Kansas, Hutchinson. The Hutchinson News. 14 August 1936. p. 5. Retrieved 31 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  7. ^ "Frieda Inescort profile". ibdb.com. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Frieda Inescort - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  9. ^ "Pride and Prejudice (1940) - Robert Z. Leonard - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  10. ^ "Call It a Day (1937) - Archie Mayo - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  11. ^ "Perry Mason: The Case of the Jealous Journalist (1961) - John English - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  12. ^ "Writer Redman Takes Own Life". Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Oshkosh Daily Northwestern. 3 August 1961. p. 9. Retrieved 31 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  13. ^ "Ben Ray Redman: The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door". norman.hrc.utexas.edu.
  14. ^ "Books by Ben Ray Redman (Author of The Works of Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels)". www.goodreads.com.
  15. ^ Kear, Lynn; King, James (21 November 2012). Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook. McFarland. ISBN 9780786454686 – via Google Books.
  16. ^ "Elaine Inescort". gsarchive.net.
  17. ^ "Frieda Inescort - Classic Monsters". 30 March 2015.
  18. ^ "Frieda Inescort". 15 July 2001. Archived from the original on 15 July 2001.
  19. ^ "Frieda Inescort". IMDb.

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