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Ashcroft, Edith Margaret Emily, Dame (Peggy)

Born: 1907 AD
Died: 1991 AD, at 83 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Actresses


1907 - Born in Croydon on the 22nd of December.

1929-1931 - She first gained notoriety playing Naemi in Jew Suss and Desdemona opposite Paul Robeson's Othello.

1934 - True stardom came when she played Juliet in a legendary production of Romeo and Juliet at the New Theatre in which Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud alternated in the roles of Romeo and Mercutio.

1937 - She appeared in a thirty-minute excerpt of Twelfth Night on the BBC Television Service, alongside Greer Garson, the first known instance of a Shakespeare play to be performed on television.

         - The Three Sisters.

         - The Heiress.

1951 - Peggy Ashcroft was appointed Commander of the British Empire.

1953 - Antony and Cleopatra.

1957 - As You Like It.

1960 - The Taming of the Shrew.

1984 - She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

         - Peggy Ashcroft appear in the role of Barbie Batchelor on the internationally acclaimed British mini-series The Jewel in the Crown, for which she won a BAFTA Best Television Actress award.

1991 - Died on the 14th of June in London, following a stroke, aged 83.


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