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Valerie Taylor Biography (1902-1988)
Born November 10, 1902, in Fulham, England; died October 24, 1988, in London,England; daughter of Major Frederick Edward Verney and Florence Julia (Robarts) Taylor; married Hugh Sinclair (an actor; divorced); married Desborough William Saunders.
- Birth Details
- November 10, 1902
- Fulham, England
- Death Details
- October 24, 1988
- London, England
Credits; STAGE APPEARANCES
- STAGE DEBUT--Juliet, French Leave, Casino Theatre, Menton, France, 1922.
- LONDON DEBUT--Title role, Storm, Royalty Theatre, 1924.
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Kate Pettigrew, Berkeley Square, Lyceum Theatre, 1929.
- Isabella, Caroline and Miss Roberts, The Mollusc, both Casino Theatre, Menton, France, 1922.
- Rosario, The Romantic Young Lady and the madonna, The Marvellous Historyof Saint Bernard, both Birmingham Repertory Company, Birmingham, U.K., 1925.
- lady and Anne Morecombe, The Show, St. Martin's Theatre, London, 1925.
- Judith, Cobra, Garrick Theatre, London, 1925.
- Nina Zaretchny, The Seagull, Little Theatre, London, 1925.
- Feemy Evans, The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet and Lavinia, Androcles and the Lion, both Macdona Players, Regent Theatre, London, 1925.
- Hermione Gordon, The Rescue Party, Repertory Players, Regent Theatre, 1926.
- the madonna, The Marvellous History of Saint Bernard, Kingsway Theatre, London, 1926.
- Kate Pettigrew, Berkeley Square, St. Martin's Theatre, 1926.
- Helen Hayle, On Approval, Fortune Theatre, London, 1927.
- Betty Harlowe, The House of the Arrow, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1928.
- Kate Pettigrew, Berkeley Square, Lyric Theatre, London, 1929.
- Nina Zaretchny, The Seagull, Fortune Theatre, 1929.
- Countess of Darnaway, Petticoat Influence, Empire Theatre, New York City,1930.
- Mrs. Deane, Peter Ibbetson, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1931.
- Elizabeth Trant, The Good Companions, 44th Street Theatre, New York City,1931.
- Mary Fanshawe, Red Planet, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1932.
- lady, The Man with a Load of Mischief, Westminster Theatre, London, 1933.
- Irene de Montcel, La Prisonniere, Arts Theatre, London, 1934.
- Beatrice Gwynne, Call It a Day, Globe Theatre, London, 1935.
- Martha Dobie, The Children's Hour, Gate Theatre, London, 1936.
- Hilda McKenna, The Orchard Walls, St. James's Theatre, London, 1937.
- Vere Malcolm, Love of Women, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1937.
- Anita Karsten, Surprise Item, Ambassadors' Theatre, London, 1938.
- Cynthia Randolph, Dear Octopus, Queen's Theatre, London, 1938.
- Helen Gordon, A Lady Reflects, Q Theatre, London, 1940.
- Cynthia Randolph, Dear Octopus, Adelphi Theatre, London, 1940.
- Myrtle Valentine, Skylark, Duchess Theatre, London, 1942.
- Marthe de Brancovis, Watch on the Rhine, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1942.
- Natalia, A Month in the Country, St. James's Theatre, 1943.
- Dilys Parry, The Wind of Heaven, St. James's Theatre, 1945.
- Imogen, Cymbeline, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, and Princess of France, Love'sLabour's Lost, all Shakespeare Memorial Company, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, U.K., 1946.
- Marion, The Anonymous Lover, Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1947.
- Naomi Wright, Happy with Either, St. James's Theatre, 1948.
- Janet Spence, The Gioconda Smile, Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1948, then Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1950.
- Rosabel Fleming, Venus Observed, St. James's Theatre, 1950.
- Lady Crossley, The Gift, Edinburgh Festival, Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1952.
- Mrs. Dennis, The Living Room, Edinburgh Festival, Lyceum Theatre, then Wyndham's Theatre, both 1953.
- Ruth, Facts of the Heart, Under Thirty Group, Criterion Theatre, London,1953.
- Jessie, The Art of Living, Brighton Theatre Royal, Brighton, U.K., 1955.
- Comtesse Louise de Clerembard, The Count of Clerembard, Garrick Theatre,1955.
- Felicia, Who Cares?, Fortune Theatre, 1956.
- Mam'selle, Father's Match, Brighton Theatre Royal, then retitled The Happy Man, Westminster Theatre, both 1957.
- Myra Bolton, Each His Own Wilderness, English Stage Company, Royal CourtTheatre, London, 1958.
- Blanche Carrell, Eighty in the Shade, Globe Theatre, 1959.
- Queen Elizabeth, Mary Stuart, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1960.
- Alice Jago, The Masters, Savoy Theatre, London, 1963.
- Aunt Agatha, The Family Reunion, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, U.K.,1968.
- Edith, Time Present, Royal Court Theatre, then Duke of York's Theatre, both 1968.
- Amanda Wingfield, The Glass Menagerie, University Theatre, Manchester, U.K., 1970.
- Also appeared in The Dancers, Wyndham's Theatre, 1923; as Lady Trevor, Behind the Beyond, 1926; Crystal Weatherley, The Man in Possession, Magnolia Theatre, in Massachusetts, 1932.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Fiona Merril, I'll See You Again and Claudia, U.K. cities, 1944.
- Lady Bracknell, The Importance of Being Earnest, Old Vic Theatre Company,U.K. cities, 1960, then Moscow and Leningrad, 1961.
- Anna Seward and Mrs. Pritchard, From China to Peru and Lady Hurf, Thieves' Carnival, Prospect Productions, U.K. cities, 1966.
- mother, The Constant Wife, U.K. cities, 1967.
- Violet Deering, Havoc, U.K. cities.
Credits; FILM APPEARANCES
- Kate Pettigrew, Berkeley Square, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1933.
- Diana Dent, Designing Women (also known as House of Cards), Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1934.
- Nora Ashton, 48 Hours (also known as Went the Day Well), United Artists,1944.
- Miss Hopkins, Faces in the Dark, Rank, 1960.
- Janet Broughton, What a Carve Up! (also known as No Place Like Homicide),Embassy, 1962.
- first witch, Macbeth, Prominent, 1963.
- Lily Kendrick, In the Cool of the Day, MGM, 1963.
- Mme. Denise, Repulsion, Royal, 1965.
Credits; TELEVISION APPEARANCES; MOVIES
- Louise Sanford, Baffled, NBC, 1973.
- First witch, "Macbeth," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1960.
- (With Winston Graham and Margaret Kennedy) Take My Life, Eagle- Lion/Rank, 1948.
- Persons Unknown.
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
- Variety, November 2, 1988.
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