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Frances Cuka Biography ((?)-)
Surname is pronounced "Chewka"; born August 21, in London, England; daughterof Joseph (a process engraver) and Letitia Alice Annie (a tailor; maiden name, Frances) Cuka. Addresses: HOME--315 Central Park W., Apt. 8-S, New York, NY 10025. AGENT--c/o Kass and Woo Agency, 156 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY10010; Nancy Rainford, The Rainford Agency, 7471 Melrose Avenue, Suite 14, Los Angeles, CA 90046; c/o Miller Management, 82 Broome Park, London TW11 9NY,England.
- Birth Details
- August 21,
- London, England
- STAGE DEBUT--Effie, Meet Mr. Callahan, Warrington, U.K., 1955.
- LONDON DEBUT--Josephine, A Taste of Honey, Wyndham's Theatre, 1959.
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Josephine, A Taste of Honey, Booth Theatre, 1961.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- Third Witch and Young Macduff, Macbeth, with the Theatre Workshop Companyof London, Zurich Festival, Zurich, Switzerland, then Moscow Art Theatre, Moscow, U.S.S.R., later Stratford Theatre, London, all 1957.
- Daffodil, Live Like Pigs, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1958.
- Josephine, A Taste of Honey, Royal Theatre, Stratford, U.K., 1958.
- Nell, Endgame, Royal Court Theatre, 1959.
- Julia, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Jessica, The Merchant of Venice, Maria, Twelfth Night, and Cassandra, Troilus and Cressida, all Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, Stratford-on-Avon, U.K., 1960.
- Anne, The Expatriate, Pembroke Theatre, Croydon, U.K., 1961.
- Becky Sharp, Vanity Fair, Queen's Theatre, London, 1962.
- girl, From This Hill, Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, U.K., 1963.
- Anna, All Good Children, Hampstead Theatre Club, London, 1964.
- the Leading Lady, Mary Godwin, and Miss Ferney, Shelley, and Annie, Sergeant Musgrave's Dance, both Royal Court Theatre, 1965.
- Mrs. Allwit, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, and Mrs. Farraclough, The Dancers, both Royal Court Theatre, 1966.
- Marcelle, Days in the Trees, Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Aldwych Theatre, London, 1966.
- Lucy Lockit, The Beggar's Opera, Apollo Theatre, London, 1968.
- Ellen, Silence, and Mrs. Foran, The Silver Tassie, both RSC, Aldwych Theatre, 1969.
- Sylvia Farrell, One at Night, Royal Court Theatre, 1971.
- Lady Duncan, First Witch, Lady Macbeth, and the Real Lady Duncan, Macbett, Bankside Globe Theatre, London, 1973.
- Polly Garter and Rosie Probert, Under Milk Wood, Shaw Theatre, London, 1974.
- Sarah Harford, More Stately Mansions, Greenwich Theatre, London, 1974.
- Nadya, Travesties, RSC, Aldwych Theatre, then Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, both 1975.
- Doris, Same Time Next Year, Prince of Wales Theatre, London, 1976.
- Beryl, Going Bust, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, U.K., 1977.
- Evelyn Daly, Waters of the Moon, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1978.
- Helen, Half Life, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, ON, Canada, 1978.
- Janet, Waiting for the Parade, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, 1979.
- Mrs. Nickleby, Miss Knagg, Miss Green, and Blind Peters, Nicholas Nickleby, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1981.
- Julia Budder, It's Only a Play, Actors and Directors Theatre, Manhattan Punchline, New York City, 1982.
- Melanie, Quartermaine's Terms, Playhouse 91, New York City, 1982.
- Phoebe Rice, The Entertainer, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1983.
- Mrs. Sowerberry, Oliver, Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1984.
- Maria, Twelfth Night, Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA, 1984.
- Laura, The Vinegar Tree, York Theatre Company, Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York City, 1988.
- Also appeared as Miss Lucy, Sweet Bird of Youth, Haymarket Theatre, London, and in the title role, Phedre, Richmond Theatre Festival, U.K.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Josephine, A Taste of Honey, U.S. cities, 1961.
- Also various roles, Circle of Glory. With the Prospect Theatre Company: Lucy Lockit, The Beggar's Opera, U.K. cities, 1968; Elizabeth, Richard III, U.K. cities, 1972; Lady Fidget, The Country Wife, U.K. cities, 1973.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Hilda Summers, Over the Odds, Rank, 1961.
- Mrs. Cratchit, Scrooge, National General, 1970.
- Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII and His Six Wives, Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer/EMI, 1972.
- Mary Fleming, A Watcher in the Woods, Buena Vista, 1980.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Constance, The Old Wives Tale, BBC.
- Euridice, Point of Departure, BBC.
- Parthe Nightingale, Miss Nightingale, ITV.
- Mrs. Van Daan, The Attic: The Hiding Place of Anne Frank, ITV.
- Also appeared as Doll Tearsheet, Henry IV, Part II, BBC; Frankie, Memberof the Wedding, ITV; and in The Beggar's Opera, ITV; One Day at a Time, BBC;Day of the Tortoise, ITV.
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