Billie Whitelaw Biography (1932-)

Born June 6, 1932, in Coventry, England; daughter of Gerry and Frances Mary (maiden name, Williams) Whitelaw; married Peter Vaughan (divorced); married Robert Muller; children: a son. Addresses: Agent: Joy Jameson Ltd., Seven W. Easton Place Mews, London SW1, England.

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actress
Birth Details
June 6, 1932
Coventry, England

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Pink String and Sealing Wax, Princes Theatre, Bradford, England, 1950
  • (London debut) Victoire, Hotel Paradiso, Winter Garden Theatre, 1956
  • Mag Keenan, Progress to the Park, Theatre Royal, Stratford, England, 1960, then Saville Theatre, London, 1961
  • Ensemble, England, Our England (revue), Princes Theatre, 1962
  • Sara Melody, A Touch of the Poet, Dublin Festival, then Venice Festival, 1962
  • Second woman, Play, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1964
  • Francischina, The Dutch Courtesan, National Theatre Company, Chichester Festival, 1964
  • Desdemona, Othello, National Theatre Company, Chichester Festival,1964
  • Francischina, The Dutch Courtesan, Old Vic Theatre, 1964
  • Maggie Hobson, Hobson's Choice, Old Vic Theatre, 1965
  • Avonia Bunn, Trelawny of the Wells, Chichester Festival, later OldVic Theatre, 1965
  • Clare, After Haggerty, Royal Shakespeare Company, Criterion Theatre, London, 1971
  • Mouth, Not I, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1973, again, 1975
  • Lucy, Alphabetical Order, Hampstead Theatre Club, then May Fair Theatre, both London, 1975
  • May, Footfalls, Royal Court Theatre, 1976
  • Title role, Molly, Comedy Theatre, London, 1978
  • Winnie, Happy Days, Royal Court Theatre, 1979
  • Andromache and Athene, The Greeks, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1980
  • Eleanor, Passion Play, Aldwych Theatre, 1981, then National Theatre, London, 1982
  • Woman, Rockabye, La Mama Etc. Theatre, New York City, 1982
  • Nellie Mann, Tales from Hollywood, National Theatre, 1983
  • Also appeared with the National Theatre Company as Desdemona in Othello, and as Maggie Hobson in Hobson's Choice, Moscow and Berlin,1965; appeared in productions of Samuel Beckett's plays Rockabye,Enough, and Footfalls, New York City, 1984.
  • Major Tours
  • June Hodge, Where There's a Will ..., British cities, 1954
  • Film Appearances
  • Waitress, The Fake, 1953
  • Secretary, The Sleeping Tiger, 1954
  • Companions in Crime, 1954
  • Room in the House, 1955
  • Caroline Mallet, Small Hotel, 1957
  • Maggie, Miracle in Soho, 1957
  • Winnie, Carve Her Name with Pride, 1958
  • Christine, Gideon's Day, 1958, released in the U.S. as Gideon of Scotland Yard, 1959
  • Mary Patterson, The Flesh and the Fiends (also known as The Fiendish Ghouls, Mania, and Psycho Killers), 1959
  • Rose Munro, Breakout, 1959
  • Lydia, Bobbikins, 1960
  • Chloe Hawkins, Hell Is a City, 1960
  • Lily, Make Mine Mink, 1960
  • Piroska, The Devil's Agent (also known as Im Namen des Teufels), 1961
  • Ernestine, Mr. Topaze (also known as I Like Money), 1961
  • Mary, No Love for Johnnie, 1961
  • Jackie Parker, Payroll (also known as I Promised to Pay), Allied Artists, 1961
  • Judy, The Comedy Man, 1961
  • Lottie Bubbles, Charlie Bubbles, Regional, 1968
  • Joan Harper, Twisted Nerve, National General, 1969
  • Daisy Devore, The Adding Machine, 1969
  • Margaret, Leo the Last, 1970
  • Queen Marie, Start the Revolution without Me (also known as TwoTime Two), Warner Bros., 1970
  • Madame Bertrand, Eagle in a Cage, National General, 1971
  • Ellen, Gumshoe, Columbia, 1972
  • Hetty Porter, Frenzy, Universal, 1972
  • Sarah Cooke, Night Watch, Avco Embassy, 1973
  • Mrs. Baylock, The Omen (also known as Omen I, Omen I: The Antichrist, and Omen I: The Birthmark), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976
  • Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby, The Water Babies (also known as SlipSlide Adventures) 1978
  • Isabel James, Leopard in the Snow, 1978
  • Elizabeth Leaming, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, 1981
  • Voice of Aughra, The Dark Crystal, Universal, 1982
  • Tangier, 1982
  • Madge, Slayground, Universal, 1984
  • Doctor Cloud, Shadey, 1985
  • Margaret Baker, Murder Elite, 1985
  • Mrs. Andreos, The Chain, 1985
  • Mrs. Hall, Maurice, 1987
  • Margo, The Dressmaker, 1988
  • Violet Kray, The Krays, 1990
  • Voice of Messina, Freddie as F.R.O.7 (also known as Freddie theFrog), 1992
  • Kate Webster, Deadly Advice, 1993
  • Margaret, Skallagrigg, 1994
  • Grace Pool, Jane Eyre, Miramax, 1996
  • Mrs. Spitz, The Lost Son, Artisan Entertainment, 1999
  • Madame LeClerc, Quills, Fox Searchlight, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • No Trams to Lime Street (also known as Armchair Theatre: No Trams to Lime Street), 1959
  • Lena, O My Lena (also known as Armchair Theatre: Lena, O My Lena), 1960
  • Gwyn Thomas, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (also known as The StrangeCase of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), 1968
  • Judy Black, Follow the Yellow Brick Road (also known as Sextet:Follow the Yellow Brick Road), 1972
  • Jeanne Saunders, Poet Game, 1972
  • Madame Defarge, A Tale of Two Cities, 1980
  • Prudence Duvorney, Camille, CBS, 1984
  • Patience, Jamaica Inn, 1985
  • Mrs. Medlock, The Secret Garden, CBS, 1987
  • Beatrice Llewellyn, The Fifteen Streets, 1989
  • Sarah Ridd, Lorna Doone, 1990
  • Mavis, The Cloning of Joanna May, Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • Dorcas, Duel of Hearts, TNT, 1992
  • Evelyn, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, HBO, 2000
  • Also appeared in A World of Time; The Withered Arm; Happy Days; The Serpent Son; Lady of the Camellias; The Pityof It All; You and Me; Resurrection; Wessex Tales;The Fifty Pound Note; Supernatural; Eustace and Hilda; and Haunted Man.
  • Series
  • Mary Crawford, Dixon of Dock Green, 1955
  • Peggy Spencer, Time Out for Peggy, 1958
  • Lili Flitch, Born to Run, 1997
  • Miniseries
  • Josephine, Napoleon and Love, 1974
  • Bertha Freyer, Private Schultz, 1981
  • Aunt Elsie, Imaginary Friends, 1987
  • Rose Guttridge, Firm Friends, 1992
  • Auntie Ambrosia, Merlin, NBC, 1998
  • Specials
  • Mad Janie, A Murder of Quality, PBS, 1991
  • Voice of Wife of Bath, The Canterbury Tales, HBO Family, 1999
  • Veronica, Shooting the Past, PBS, 1999
  • Also appeared in a WNET documentary on the creation of Samuel Beckett's play Rockabye; Three Plays by Samuel Beckett; and The Oresteia of Aeschylus.
  • Episodic
  • Zamara, "One Moment of Humanity," Space: 1999, 1976
  • WRITINGS
  • Books
  • Billie Whitelaw ... Who He? (autobiography), St. Martin's Press (New York), 1996

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals:
    • American Theatre, April, 1994, p. 24; July-August, 1996, p. 56.
    • Films in Review, -October, 1996, p. 89.

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