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Virginia McKenna is a Actor British born on 7 june 1931 at Marylebone (United-kingdom)

Virginia McKenna

Virginia McKenna
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Birth name Virginia A. McKenna
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 7 june 1931 (87 years) at Marylebone (United-kingdom)
Awards Laurence Olivier Award, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Virginia A. McKenna OBE (born 7 June 1931) is a British stage and screen actress, author and wildlife campaigner.

Biography

Elle suit une formation théâtrale à la Central School of Speech and Drama puis est engagée dans plusieurs théâtres du West End de Londres avant de faire ses débuts cinématographiques en 1952.

Elle continua à apparaître dans plusieurs films et sur scène en 1954-1955 en étant membre de la compagnie du théâtre Old Vic. Elle se maria quelques mois plus tard avec l'acteur Denholm Elliott avant de se remarier en 1957 avec un autre acteur du nom de Bill Travers. Elle resta avec cet acteur jusqu'à sa mort en 1994.

En 1956, McKenna remporta le prix de la meilleure actrice au BAFTA pour son rôle dans le film A Town Like Alice (distribué en France sous le titre Ma Vie commence en Malaisie). Deux ans plus tard, elle fut nominée pour le prix de la meilleure actrice pour son interprétation d'un agent secret du nom de Violette Szabo dans un film se déroulant durant la seconde guerre mondiale (Carve Her Name with Pride).

Cependant, McKenna est mieux connue pour son rôle de 1966 où elle interpréta l'histoire de la vraie vie de Joy Adamson dans le film Born Free. Elle reçut pour ce film une nomination pour le prix de la meilleure actrice au Golden Globe Award : Meilleure actrice dans un film dramatique. Son mari participa également à ce film et l'expérience vécue dans ce film racontant la vie d'une naturaliste l'amena à devenir une membre active pour la protection des animaux. Avec son mari, elle créa la fondation Born Free Foundation en 1991.

Sur scène en 1979, elle remporta un Laurence Olivier Awards de la meilleure actrice pour sa performance auprès de Yul Brynner dans le film Anna et le roi.

Elle fut élevée en 2004 au titre d'officier de Ordre de l'Empire britannique pour son implication dans la défense des arts et de la vie sauvage.

Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Virginia McKenna (28 films)

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Actress

Ethel & Ernest, 1h34
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Animation
Actors Jim Broadbent, Luke Treadaway, Brenda Blethyn, Pam Ferris, Roger Allam, Virginia McKenna
Roles Lady of the House (voice)
Rating77% 3.891973.891973.891973.891973.89197
Ethel et Ernest vivent le grand amour, avec ses bonheurs et ses déchirures. Couple modeste, très anglais, décalé et follement attendrissant, ils portent un regard neuf sur le téléphone, la télévision, la hi-fi, le premier homme sur la Lune, la guerre, la bombe atomique, les hippies, la naissance d'un petit Raymond qui - horreur ! - voudra devenir artiste…
Love/Loss
Love/Loss (2010)
, 1h30
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Virginia McKenna, Keith Michell, Geoffrey Bayldon, Patricia Brake, Vanessa Kirby, Vanessa Kirby
Roles Mary

Une rencontre imprévue réunie Mary et Joe (qui étaient tous les deux amoureux dans les années 1940). Mais que reste-t-il de cet amour de plus de 60 ans ? Cela n'enpéchera pas Joe et Mary d'affronter les erreurs du passé et de partager leurs souvenirs de leur amour.
Sliding Doors, 1h39
Directed by Peter Howitt
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Alternate history films
Actors Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Virginia McKenna, Zara Turner
Roles James's Mother
Rating67% 3.398933.398933.398933.398933.39893
Helen Quilley (Gwyneth Paltrow) gets fired from her public relations job. As she leaves the building she drops an earring in the lift – a man retrieves it for her. She rushes for her train on the London Underground and misses it. The plot then splits into two parallel universes, the other detailing the separate path her life would have taken had she caught that train.
Staggered
Staggered (1994)
, 1h35
Directed by Martin Clunes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Actors Martin Clunes, Anna Chancellor, Michael Praed, Sylvia Syms, Virginia McKenna, David Kossoff
Roles Flora
Rating58% 2.9030052.9030052.9030052.9030052.903005
After his Stag Night, Neil Price (Clunes) wakes up on a remote Scottish island, bereft of any clothes.
Duel of Hearts, 1h35
Directed by John Hough
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Alison Doody, Michael York, Géraldine Chaplin, Benedict Taylor, Billie Whitelaw, Virginia McKenna
Roles Lady Brecon
Rating71% 3.5847853.5847853.5847853.5847853.584785
Lady Caroline Faye and Lord Vane Brecon meet under unusual circumstances and are immediately attracted to one another. Later, Lady Caroline learns that Lord Brecon has been accused of murder. She embarks on a plan to prove him innocent, while also warning him that that his cousin, Gervaise Warlingham, may be trying to frame him. Posing as a commoner, she accepts a position at Lord Brecon's estate as companion to his mother. Will dangerous family secrets keep the lovers apart?
The First Olympics: Athens 1896, 3h57
Directed by Alvin Rakoff
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Actors David Ogden Stiers, Hunt Block, Alex Hyde-White, Benedict Taylor, David Caruso, Jason Connery
Roles Annabel Flack
Rating75% 3.7529953.7529953.7529953.7529953.752995
Elle raconte l'histoire des premiers Jeux olympiques modernes et des individus qui les ont ramenés à la vie.
Holocaust 2000, 1h46
Directed by Alberto De Martino
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about religion, Demons in film
Actors Kirk Douglas, Simon Ward, Agostina Belli, Anthony Quayle, Virginia McKenna, Spiros Focás
Roles Eva Caine
Rating53% 2.661232.661232.661232.661232.66123
Despite doomsday warnings from throngs of locals, wealthy industrialist Robert Caine (Kirk Douglas) makes the controversial decision to build a nuclear power plant near a sacred cave in the Middle East. But before Caine can reap the benefits of his latest bid for global domination, he discovers that his son, Angel (Simon Ward), is the Antichrist, who is planning to use his father's project to trigger the end of the world.
The Disappearance, 1h40
Directed by Stuart Cooper
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Donald Sutherland, Patricia Hodge, David Hemmings, Francine Racette, John Hurt, Paul Mayersberg
Roles Catherine
Rating58% 2.90782.90782.90782.90782.9078
Jay Mallory is a contract killer living in Montréal who works for an unknown international criminal organization. He returns home to his downtown apartment one cold winter day to find that his wife, Celandine, is gone without a trace. Mallory initially thinks that Celandine has left him on her own volition since their marriage was a sometimes stormy, albeit passionate, relationship. However, words from Mallory's main point of contact at the Organization, Burbank, indicate that Celandine's disappearance may be associated with Mallory's last hit. Shortly after their discussion, Burbank himself disappears.
Waterloo
Waterloo (1970)
, 2h14
Directed by Serge Bondartchouk
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Action, Historical
Themes Political films, Histoire de France, Napoleonic Wars films, French Revolution films
Actors Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles, Jack Hawkins, Virginia McKenna, Dan O'Herlihy
Roles Duchess of Richmond
Rating72% 3.6489553.6489553.6489553.6489553.648955
In 1814, after 20 years of military glory Napoleon Bonaparte, the Emperor of France, faces defeat at hands of the sixth coalition, the forces of Britain, Austria, Prussia and Russia. Facing certain defeat, Napoleon's marshals gather and demand that he abdicate. At first Napoleon violently refuses, but after hearing of the surrender of his last army he agrees.
Ring of Bright Water, 1h47
Directed by Jack Couffer
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films about animals
Actors Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, Peter Jeffrey, Jameson Clark, Roddy McMillan, Christopher Benjamin
Roles Mary MacKenzie
Rating71% 3.592163.592163.592163.592163.59216
Graham Merrill (Bill Travers) passes a pet shop on his daily walks about London and takes an interest in an otter (specifically, a male river otter) in the window, eventually buying and naming the animal Mij. The otter wreaks havoc in his small apartment and together they leave London for a rustic cottage overlooking the sea on the west coast of Scotland. There they live as beachcombers and make the acquaintance of Dr. Mary (Virginia McKenna) from the nearby village, and her dog Johnny. Mij and Johnny play in the water and bound across the fields together.
Born Free
Born Free (1966)
, 1h35
Directed by Tom McGowan, James Hill (réalisateur britannique)
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Films about children, Environmental films, Films about cats, Films about lions, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Geoffrey Keen
Roles Joy Adamson
Rating72% 3.646933.646933.646933.646933.64693
When George Adamson is forced to kill a lioness out of self-defense, he brings home the 3 orphaned cubs she had been trying to protect. The Adamsons tend to the three orphaned lion cubs to young lionhood, and, when the time comes, the two largest are sent to the Rotterdam Zoo, while Elsa the Lioness (the smallest of the litter) remains with Joy. When Elsa is held responsible for stampeding a herd of elephants through a village, John Kendall, Adamson's boss gives the couple three months to either rehabilitate Elsa to the wild, or send her to a zoo. Joy opposes sending Elsa to a zoo, and spends much time attempting to re-introduce Elsa to the life of a wild lion in a distant reserve. At last, Joy succeeds, and with mixed feelings and a breaking heart, she returns her friend to the wild. The Adamsons then depart for their home in England; a year later, they return to Kenya for a week, hoping to find Elsa. They do, and happily discover she hasn't forgotten them, and is the mother of three cubs.