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Jessie Matthews is a Actor British born on 11 march 1907 at London (United-kingdom)

Jessie Matthews

Jessie Matthews
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Birth name Jessie Margaret Matthews
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 11 march 1907 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 19 august 1981 (at 74 years)
Awards Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Jessie Matthews, OBE (11 March 1907 – 19 August 1981) was an English actress, dancer and singer of the 1920s and 1930s, whose career continued into the post-war period.


In 1926 she married the first of her three husbands, actor Henry Lytton, Jr., the son of singer and actress Louie Henri and Sir Henry Lytton the doyen of the Savoy Theatre. They divorced in 1929.

Matthews had several romantic relationships conducted in the public eye, often courting controversy in the newspapers. The most notorious was her relationship with the married Sonnie Hale. A high-court judge denounced her as an "odious" individual when her love letters to Hale were used as evidence in the case of his divorce from his wife, actress/singer Evelyn 'Boo' Laye.

It took some time for Matthews' popularity to recover from this scandal. "If I ceased to be a star", she wrote in a piece for Picturegoer in 1934, "all that interest in my home life would evaporate, I believe. Perhaps it is the price one has to pay for being a star".

Her second and longest marriage (1931-1944) was to actor-director Sonnie Hale; the third to military officer, Lt. Brian Lewis, both marriages ending in divorce.

With Hale she had one adopted daughter, Catherine Hale-Monro, who married Count Donald Grixoni on 15 November 1958; they eventually divorced but she remained known as Catherine, Countess Grixoni.

Matthews suffered from periods of ill-health throughout her life and eventually died of cancer, aged 74. She is buried at St Martin's Church, Ruislip.

Best films

Tom Thumb (1958)

Usually with

Sonnie Hale
Sonnie Hale
(8 films)
Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
(4 films)
Ian Dalrymple
Ian Dalrymple
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jessie Matthews (21 films)

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The Hound of the Baskervilles, 1h25
Directed by Paul Morrissey
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Crime
Themes Sherlock Holmes films, Buddy films
Actors Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Penelope Keith, Denholm Elliott, Joan Greenwood, Hugh Griffith
Roles Mrs. Tinsdale
Rating46% 2.314162.314162.314162.314162.31416
The film begins in a theater, where a pianist (Moore) begins to play a piano accompaniment to the actual film being shown in the theater.
Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb (1958)
, 1h38
Directed by George Pal
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Musical
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Russ Tamblyn, Alan Young, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, June Thorburn, Jessie Matthews
Roles Anne
Rating64% 3.249473.249473.249473.249473.24947
Il était une fois et autrefois, un bûcheron surnommé « l’intègre » qui donnait les premiers coups de hache à un magnifique chêne de la forêt lorsque la reine de celle-ci lui apparut afin qu’il épargne son arbre. En échange, elle exaucera trois vœux du bûcheron et de sa femme. Mais le couple dépense bêtement ses trois souhaits à cause d’un plat de choux et de saucisse. Leur rêve de toujours est d’avoir un enfant « même aussi petit qu’un pouce » qui profiterait de cette chambre garnie de jouets qu’ils ont aménagée en espérant en vain. La reine de la forêt, pas avare, leur réserve une surprise.
Forever and a Day, 1h44
Directed by Cedric Hardwicke, Frank Lloyd, Victor Saville, Robert Stevenson, René Clair, Edmund Goulding, Herbert Wilcox
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Political films
Actors Kent Smith, George Kirby, Ruth Warrick, Merle Oberon, Ray Milland, Reginald Gardiner
Roles Mildred Trimble
Rating72% 3.6373853.6373853.6373853.6373853.637385
In World War II, American Gates Trimble Pomfret (Kent Smith) is in London during the Blitz to sell the ancestral family house. The current tenant, Leslie Trimble (Ruth Warrick), tries to dissuade him from selling by telling him the 140-year history of the place and the connections between the Trimble and Pomfret families.
Climbing High, 1h18
Directed by Carol Reed
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Michael Redgrave, Jessie Matthews, Noel Madison, Margaret Vyner, Alastair Sim, Leslie Phillips
Roles Diana Castle
Rating64% 3.2376353.2376353.2376353.2376353.237635
Nicky Brooke (Michael Redgrave) a wealthy young man who despite his engagement to the aristocratic (and broke) Lady Constance Westaker (Margaret Vyner) falls for hard-up model Diana Castles ( Jessie Matthews) after nearly running her over with his car. In an effort to distance himself from 'tabloid' created tales of his playboy lifestyle, he changes his name and attempts to woo Diana by pretending to be poor.
It's Love Again, 1h23
Directed by Victor Saville
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Musical films
Actors Jessie Matthews, Robert Young, Sonnie Hale, Robb Wilton, Sara Allgood, Anthoney Holles
Roles Elaine Bradford aka Mrs. Smythe-Smythe
Rating66% 3.329673.329673.329673.329673.32967
Waltzes from Vienna, 1h20
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films, Operetta films
Actors Esmond Knight, Jessie Matthews, Edmund Gwenn, Fay Compton, Frank Vosper, Sybil Grove
Roles Resi Ebezeder
Rating59% 2.999672.999672.999672.999672.99967
Waltzes from Vienna begins the sound of the fire brigade horn and the clip-clop of horses’ hooves, as the firemen race towards a fire at Ebezeder’s Café. Upstairs from the café, Rasi and Schani are oblivious to the danger, lost in a love duet that concludes with Schani telling Rasi that he has dedicated his newest song to her. At the same time, Schani’s music attracts the attention of the Countess Helga von Stahl, who is shopping in the dressmaker’s store next door. Schani and Rasi’s romantic interlude is interrupted by Leopold, a baker in Rasi’s father's café who is in love with Rasi, as he awkwardly climbs up the ladder to save her. Schani and Leopold argue over who will save Rasi from the fire, but Leopold eventually wins and hauls Rasi over his shoulder and down the ladder, causing her to lose her skirt on the way. Rasi races to the dressmaker’s shop to get away from the laughter of the onlookers. Schani retrieves Rasi’s skirt and then stumbles into the dressmaker’s in search of Rasi, where he meets the Countess. When the Countess learns that Schani is an aspiring musician, she proposes that he set some of her verses to music. As the Countess offers Schani her card, Rasi enters the room and becomes immediately suspicious of the Countess’s intentions.
Evergreen (1934)
, 1h30
Directed by Victor Saville
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Betty Balfour, Barry MacKay, Hartley Power, Norma Varden
Roles Harriet Green
Rating66% 3.342613.342613.342613.342613.34261
Set in the Edwardian era music halls of London, the popular singing star Harriet Green (Jessie Matthews) delights audiences with her coy rendition of Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow Wow; however she has an illegitimate baby daughter that she keeps secret from the public. Blackmailed into leaving the stage she moves to South Africa to raise her daughter quietly. Years later her daughter, Harriet Hawkes (played by Matthews again), looking remarkably like her mother, returns to London as a young show-biz hopeful. A handsome young publicity man Tommy Thompson (Barry MacKay), convinces a theater producer (Sonnie Hale) to star her in a new revue as the "remarkably preserved" original Harriet Green. The ruse works; however Harriet and Tommy have fallen in love, but the public believes Harriet is a well-preserved 60-year-old and Tommy is her son. The masquerade is revealed when Harriet does a strip-dance to the Harry M. Woods song Over My Shoulder.
Friday the Thirteenth, 1h29
Directed by Victor Saville
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Horror
Actors Jessie Matthews, Ralph Richardson, Sonnie Hale, Muriel Aked, Cyril Smith, Max Miller
Roles Millie the Non-Stop Variety Girl
Rating68% 3.433633.433633.433633.433633.43363
Le film dépeint la vie de plusieurs passagers dans les heures précédents l'accident de leur autobus.
The Good Companions, 1h53
Directed by Victor Saville
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Actors Jessie Matthews, John Gielgud, Edmund Gwenn, Mary Glynne, Frank Pettingell, Laurence Hanray
Roles Susie Dean
Rating70% 3.522023.522023.522023.522023.52202
A group of widely divergent characters meet up with a broken-down touring concert-party, throw in their lot with them, and eventually triumph after temporary setbacks. This British musical-comedy follows an unlikely trio as they try to revive the fortunes of the floundering theatrical troupe. School teacher Inigo Jolifant (John Gielgud) with his talent for songwriting, and recently unemployed Jess Oakroyd (Edmund Gwenn) with his theatrical ambitions, together persuade Miss Trant (Mary Glynne), an older single woman looking for adventure, to fund them as they attempt to bring "The Dinky Do's" back into the spotlight. Susie Dean (Jessie Matthews) is a chorus girl who dreams of stardom, and when she's made the new leader of the show, it looks as if her dreams may finally come true.