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Virginia McKenna Biography (1931-)
Born June 7, 1931, in London, England; daughter of Terence Morell and Anne Marie (Dennis) McKenna; married Denholm Elliott (an actor), March 1, 1954 (divorced); married Bill Travers. Addresses: AGENT--Derek Webster, A.I.M.,Five Denmark Street, London WC2, England.
Favorite roles: Valerie Barton in The River Line, and Captain Janine Mayhew in Shout Aloud Salvation.
- Birth Details
- June 7, 1931
- London, England
- STAGE DEBUT--Louise, Black Chiffon, Dundee, Scotland, 1950.
- LONDON STAGE DEBUT--Dorcas Bellboys, A Penny for a Song, Haymarket Theatre, 1951.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Perdita, The Winter's Tale, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1951.
- Valerie Barton, The River Line, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, then Strand Theatre, both London, 1952.
- Veronica, The Bad Samaritan, Criterion Theatre, London, 1953.
- Cassandra Mortmain, I Capture the Castle, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1954.
- Rosaline, Love's Labour's Lost, Queen, Richard II, Rosalind, As You LikeIt, and Lady Mortimer, Henry IV, Part I, all Old Vic Theatre, London, 1954-55.
- Sister Jeanne, The Devils, Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Aldwych Theatre, 1961.
- Lucy Lockit, The Beggar's Opera, RSC, Aldwych Theatre, 1963.
- Catherine Columbo, The Beheading, Apollo Theatre, London, 1972.
- Diana, Country Life, Hampstead Theatre Club, London, 1973.
- Desiree Armfeldt, A Little Night Music, Adelphi Theatre, London, 1976.
- Mrs. Anna Leonowens, The King and I, Palladium Theatre, 1979.
- Also appeared in Something's Afoot, Hilton Theatre, Hong Kong, 1978; TheLetter, Theatre Royal, Windsor, U.K., 1981; A Personal Affair, Globe Theatre,London, 1982; Gertrude, Hamlet, RSC, 1984; and in Winnie, London, 1988.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Masha, The Three Sisters, Cambridge Theatre Company, U.K. cities, 1971.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Catherine, Father's Doing Fine, Associated British Films, 1952.
- Ellean Tanqueray, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray, Associated British Films, 1952.
- Julie Hallam, The Cruel Sea, General Films Distributors, 1953.
- Shelagh, The Horse's Mouth (also known as The Oracle), General Films Distributors, 1953.
- Mary Crawford, Simba, Lippert, 1955.
- Helen, The Ship That Died of Shame (also known as PT Raiders), Continental, 1956.
- Henrietta, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1957.
- Jean Spenser, The Smallest Show on Earth (also known as Big Time Operators), Times Films, 1957.
- Violette Szabo, Carve Her Name with Pride, Rank, 1958.
- Jean Paget, A Town Like Alice (also known as Rape of Malaya), Rank, 1958.
- Judy, Passionate Summer, Rank, 1959.
- Janet Taggart, The Wreck of the Mary Dear, MGM, 1959.
- Helen Berger, Two Living, One Dead, Emerson, 1964.
- Joy Adamson, Born Free, Columbia, 1966.
- Mary McKenzie, Ring of Bright Water, Rank, 1969.
- Ginny, An Elephant Called Slowly, American Continental, 1970.
- Duchess of Richmond, Waterloo, Paramount, 1970.
- Mrs. Walker, Swallows and Amazons, EMI, 1977.
- Eva, The Chosen (also known as Holocaust 2000), American International, 1978.
- Catherine, The Disappearance, World Northal, 1981.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES
- Captain Janine Mayhew, Shout Aloud Salvation.
- (Co-author and editor) Beyond the Bars (non-fiction), Thorsons, 1987.
- Also Some of My Friends Have Tails (non-fiction) and (co-author) On Playing with Lions (non-fiction).