Fabia Drake Biography (1904-1990)

Full name, Fabia Drake McGlinchy; born January 20, 1904, in Herne Bay, England; died February 28, 1990; daughter of Francis Drake and Annie (Dalton) McGlinchy; married Maxwell Turner (a lawyer), 1938 (died, 1960).

Birth Details
January 20, 1904
Herne Bay, Kent, England

Famous Works

  • STAGE DEBUT--Tommy, The Fairy Doll, Court Theatre, London, 1913.
  • Brer Rabbit, Brer Rabbit and Mr. Fox, Little Theatre, London, 1914.
  • Elsie Pennithorne, The Happy Family, Prince of Wales Theatre, London, 1916, then Strand Theatre, London, 1917.
  • Sarah Undershaft, Major Barbara, Everyman Theatre, London, 1921.
  • Lola de la Carte, Quarantine and Audrey Carlton, Secrets, both Comedy Theatre, London, 1922.
  • Yasmin and Pervaneh, Hassan, His Majesty's Theatre, London, 1923.
  • Sylvia Latter, The Creaking Chair, Comedy Theatre, 1924.
  • Monica Jesmond, Possessions, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1925.
  • Maud Leverton, Easy Money, St. Martin's Theatre, London, 1925.
  • Viola, Twelfth Night, Fellowship of Players, Scala Theatre, London, 1925.
  • Peggy Winton, The Scarlet Lady, Criterion Theatre, London, 1926.
  • the Shingled Lady, Escape and Mary, The Spot on the Sun, both Ambassadors' Theatre, London, 1927.
  • Lady Beryl, The Wrecker, New Theatre, London, 1927.
  • Margaret Orme, Loyalties and Countess of Westhaven, The Love-Lorn Lady, both Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1928.
  • Nancy Bird, Young Love, Arts Theatre, London, 1929.
  • Nora, No. 17, Royalty Theatre, London, 1930.
  • Enid Deckle, The World of Light, Royalty Theatre, 1931.
  • Lady Percy, King Henry IV, Part One, Viola, Twelfth Night, Calpurnia, Julius Caesar, Rosalind, As You Like It, Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream, andPortia, The Merchant of Venice, all Stratford-on-Avon Company, New StratfordMemorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, U.K., 1932.
  • Mrs. Guy Daunt, Cecilia, Arts Theatre, 1933.
  • Rosalind, As You Like It, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1933.
  • Lulu Davenant, Poison Flower and Mary Lascelles, The Rose Without a Thorn, both Croydon Theatre, Croyden, U.K., 1934.
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Sixteen, Embassy Theatre, London, then Criterion Theatre, both 1934.
  • Elaine Taunton, Our Mutual Father, Repertory Players, Piccadilly Theatre,London, 1934.
  • Princess, Lady Precious Stream, Little Theatre, 1934.
  • Miss Vulliamy, Frolic Wind, Royalty Theatre, 1935.
  • Lady Cynthia, Anthony and Anna, Whitehall Theatre, London, 1935.
  • Frances Dane, Indian Summer, Arts Theatre, 1936.
  • Ruth Wilder, Comedienne, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1938.
  • Dowager Empress, The Nightingale, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1947.
  • Also appeared with the Stratford-on-Avon Company, 1933; and with the Repertory Players, Play Actors, Playmates, Renaissance, and London InternationalTheatre companies, all in the U.K.
  • Credits; STAGE WORK
  • Producer, Much Ado About Nothing, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1946.
  • Credits; MAJOR TOURS
  • Christina, The Silver Cord, U.K. cities, 1928.
  • Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Viola, Twelfth Night, and Beatrice, Much Ado AboutNothing, all Stratford-on-Avon Festival Company, U.S. and Canadian cities, 1929-30.
  • Annie Penny, Meet Mr. Penny, Associated British, 1938.
  • Miss Gelding, All Over the Town, General Film Distributors, 1949.
  • Lady Mercy Cotton, Poet's Pub, General Film Distributors, 1949.
  • Lady Elmbridge, The Hour of Thirteen, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1952.
  • Miss Farmer, White Corridors, Jaro, 1952.
  • Lady Probus, Isn't Life Wonderful?, Pathe, 1953.
  • Mrs. Crabb, Fast and Loose, General Film Distributors, 1954.
  • Nurse Blott, Young Wives' Tale, Allied Artists, 1954.
  • opulent lady, All for Mary, Rank, 1956.
  • Mrs. Tarvin, The Good Companions, Associated British/Pathe, 1957.
  • Mrs. Brough, Not Wanted on Voyage, Renown, 1957.
  • Sister Veronica, Violent Stranger (also known as Man in the Shadow), Amalgamated, 1957.
  • Lady Hewitt, Girls at Sea, Seven Arts, 1958.
  • Mrs. Pinner, What a Whopper, Regal, 1961.
  • Arabella Parker, My Wife's Family, Pathe, 1962.
  • Mrs. Piggott, Seven Keys, Allied Artists, 1962.
  • Junior Commander Maddox, Operation Bullshine, Seven Arts/Manhattan, 1963.
  • Miss Grimsby, A Nice Girl Like Me, AVCO-Embassy, 1969.
  • Miss Gibbons, The Devil's Widow (also known as Tam Lin), British International, 1972.
  • Aunt Olive, Sweet Virgin (also known as Got It Made), Target International, 1974.
  • nun, Year of the Dragon, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1the, 1962.
  • Mrs. Piggott, Seven Keys, Allied Artists, 1962.
  • Junior Commander Maddox, Operation Bullshine, Seven Arts/Manhattan, 1963.
  • Miss Grimsby, A Nice Girl Like Me, AVCO-Embassy, 1969.
  • TELEVISION APPEARANCES; MINI-SERIES Countess Midlothian, The Pallisers, BBC, then PBS, 1977.
  • Mabel Layton, The Jewel in the Crown, Granada, then Masterpiece Theatre,PBS, 1984.
  • Miss Henderson, "A Pocketful of Rye," Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, BBC,then Mystery!, PBS, 1986.
  • Mrs. Jarman, "Last Bus to Woodstock," Inspector Morse Series II, CentralTelevision, then Mystery!, PBS, 1988.
  • Also The Rainbow, BBC, then Arts and Entertainment, 1989.
  • Credits; EPISODIC
  • Welfare worker, "Arrival," The Prisoner, CBS, 1968.
  • Credits; MOVIES
  • Bookshop owner, Out on a Limb, ABC, 1987.
  • Credits; SPECIALS
  • Frances, A Wreath of Roses, Granada, then Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1989.

Further Reference


  • New York Times, March 2, 1990.

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