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Hickson, Joan

Born: 1906 AD
Died: 1998 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Actresses

1906 – Born on August 5th in Kingsthorpe, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England.

1927 – Her stage career began with provincial theater, going on to a long series of West End comedies, usually playing the part of a confused or eccentric middle-age woman.

1946 – Her first Agatha Christie role was Miss Pryce in the play "Appointment With Death", which prompted Christie herself to write "I hope you will play my dear Miss Marple".

1948-1976 – She performed at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theater at the time London was subject to World War II bombing. Her work gradually included screen roles: The Guinea Pig, The Card , The 39 Steps – over 80 movies in all – but her stage career continued, with parts in three Peter Nichols plays, Coward’s "Blithe Spirit".

1977 – Won a Tony award supporting actress performance in Ayckbourn’s "Bedroom Farce".

1984 – She starred in television series "Mystery!" (as Miss Marple).

1987 – Awarded the OBE for services to acting.

1998 – She died on October 17th, aged 92, in hospital at Colchester, Essex, survived by a son and daughter.