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Madeleine Carroll is a Actor British born on 26 february 1906 at West Bromwich (United-kingdom)

Madeleine Carroll

Madeleine Carroll
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Birth name Edith Madeleine Carroll
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 26 february 1906 at West Bromwich (United-kingdom)
Death 2 october 1987 (at 81 years) at Marbella (Espagne)
Awards Legion of Honour

Edith Madeleine Carroll (26 February 1906 – 2 October 1987) was an English actress, popular both in Britain and America in the 1930s and 1940s. At the peak of her success she was the highest paid actress in the world, earning a then staggering $250,000 in 1938.

Carroll is remembered for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps. She is also noted for abandoning her acting career after the death of her sister Marguerite in the London Blitz, to devote herself to helping wounded servicemen and children displaced and maimed by the war.


She divorced her first husband Colonel Philip Reginald Astley in 1939. He was an estate agent, big-game hunter and soldier. In 1941 she starred opposite Sterling Hayden in Virginia. They married in February 1942, and divorced in May 1946.

After her only sister Marguerite was killed in World War II's London Blitz, Carroll made a radical shift from acting to working in field hospitals as a Red Cross nurse. Having become a naturalised U.S. citizen in 1943, she served at the American Army Air Force's 61st Station Hospital in Foggia, Italy in 1944, where wounded airmen flying out of area air bases were hospitalized.

During the war Carroll also donated her chateau outside Paris to more than 150 orphans, arranging for groups of young people in California to knit clothing for them. In an RKO-Pathe News bulletin she was filmed at the chateau with children and staff wearing the donated clothes thanking those who contributed. She was awarded the Legion d'Honneur for her efforts by France. Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower remarked in private that he was most impressed with Carroll and Herbert Marshall (who worked with military amputees) of all the movie stars he met in Europe during the war.

After the war, Carroll stayed in Europe where she conducted a radio program fostering French-American friendship and helped in the rehabilitation of concentration camp victims, during which she met her future third husband, French producer Henri Lavorel. In late 1946, she went briefly to Switzerland to film a British soap opera, High Fury (aka White Cradle Inn).

Upon her return to Paris she and Lavorel formed a production company and made several two-reel documentaries to “promote better understanding among the peoples of the world”; one, “Childrens’ Republic”, was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. Filmed in a small orphanage in the town of Sèvres, just southwest of Paris, it focused attention on the devastation of children’s lives in Europe caused by war. Strongly shown in Canada, it became a prime source of funds for the manufacture of artificial limbs for wounded children.

In 1947 Carroll returned to the U.S. together with Lavorel. Their intention was for her to resume her acting career, which would fund their production company, but they soon separated. Appearing in three more films until 1949, and debuting on Broadway in 1948, Carroll then mostly retired from acting, although she would occasionally show up on television and radio until the mid-1960s.

She married Andrew Heiskell, publisher of Life, in 1950, and they had a daughter Anne in 1951. They divorced in 1965. By then Carroll had moved to Paris. She would later move to Spain, where she shared an estate with her mother and daughter. Her mother died in 1975, and her daughter, having relocated to New York, died in 1983.

Best films

North West Mounted Police (1940)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Madeleine Carroll (45 films)

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The Prisoner of Zenda, 1h36
Directed by John Cromwell, Richard Thorpe
Origin USA
Genres Adventure
Themes Monde imaginaire, Politique, Théâtre, L'usurpation d'identité, Political films, Films based on plays, Escroquerie, Films about royalty
Actors Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, James Mason, Louis Calhern, Robert Douglas, Jane Greer
Rating70% 3.5456653.5456653.5456653.5456653.545665
Rodolphe Rassendyll, un touriste anglais, arrive à Strelsau, capitale d'un pays imaginaire d'Europe Centrale, la Ruritanie. Il y rencontre un lointain cousin dont il est le parfait sosie, le prince héritier Rodolphe V. Celui-ci doit être couronné Roi le lendemain, mais à l'issue de la soirée que les deux parents éloignés passent ensemble, le futur souverain ne peut être ranimé : il a bu un vin drogué par une complice de son demi-frère, Michael de Strelsau, lequel escompte se proclamer Régent du Royaume, en l'absence à la Cérémonie du Couronnement de Rodolphe V, puis faire assassiner ce dernier pour accéder ainsi au Trône. Mais deux fidèles du prince légitime, le Colonel Zapt et Fritz von Tarlenheim, font accepter par Rassendyll qu'il joue le rôle de souverain au couronnement, grâce à cette providentielle ressemblance. Les choses se compliquent lorsque Rodolphe V, toujours endormi, est enlevé le même jour par le mercenaire Rupert de Hentzau ; en outre, Rassendyll tombe amoureux de la Princesse Flavia, promise en mariage au prince héritier.
The Fan
The Fan (1949)
, 1h19
Directed by Otto Preminger
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Jeanne Crain, Madeleine Carroll, George Sanders, Richard Greene, Martita Hunt, John Sutton
Roles Mrs. Erylnne
Rating65% 3.2931553.2931553.2931553.2931553.293155
A Londres, juste après la guerre, Mrs Erlynne, une vieille dame assiste à la mise aux enchères d'un éventail lui ayant appartenu. Souhaitant le récupérer, elle va demander de l'aide à une ancienne relation, Lord Darlington. Mais qui est donc la mystérieuse Mrs Erlynne ? Grâce à plusieurs flash-backs, nous revivons le drame qui s'est joué quelques années plus tôt.
The Fan
The Fan (1949)
, 1h18
Directed by Otto Preminger
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Jeanne Crain, Madeleine Carroll, George Sanders, Richard Greene, Martita Hunt, John Sutton
Roles Mrs. Erylnne
Rating65% 3.2931553.2931553.2931553.2931553.293155
Dans un Londres dévasté par les bombardements de l'après-guerre, une vieille dame, Mrs. Erlynne, assiste à la mise aux enchères d'un éventail lui ayant appartenu. Elle souhaiterait le récupérer : le commissaire-priseur lui accorde un délai de vingt-quatre heures pour établir la preuve de ses allégations. Mrs. Erlynne se rend donc au domicile d'une de ses anciennes relations, Lord Darlington. À l'aide de quatre flash-back, le film reconstitue le passé des époux Windermere, de Lord Darlington, de Lord Lorton et de Mrs. Erlynne et de leurs relations complexes. Au cours de son entretien avec Lord Darlington, Mrs. Erlynne lui révèle qu'elle est la mère de Lady Margaret Windermere. Elle avait sauvé sa fille d'une situation embarrassante au cours de laquelle celle-ci risquait d'être compromise. En signe de gratitude, Lady Windermere lui légua son éventail. Extrêmement bouleversé par ce qu'il apprend, Darlington invite Mrs. Erlynne à dîner.
An Innocent Affair, 1h30
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Actors Fred MacMurray, Madeleine Carroll, Buddy Rogers, Rita Johnson, Louise Allbritton, Alan Mowbray
Roles Paula Doane
Rating61% 3.0986853.0986853.0986853.0986853.098685
This script must be run from the command line
My Favorite Blonde, 1h18
Directed by Frank Butler, Sidney Lanfield
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Spy
Themes Spy films, Transport films, Rail transport films, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Bob Hope, Madeleine Carroll, Gale Sondergaard, George Zucco, Macdonald Carey, Walter Kingsford
Roles Karen Bentley
Rating70% 3.541353.541353.541353.541353.54135
When a British secret agent is murdered in the line of duty, agent Karen Bentley inherits the mission from her partner. The mission is to deliver a flight plan for a hundred American bomber planes to a British agent in Chicago. The plans are hidden in a small medallion of a scorpion that Karen wears.
Bahama Passage, 1h22
Directed by Edward H. Griffith
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Madeleine Carroll, Sterling Hayden, Flora Robson, Leo G. Carroll, Mary Anderson, Cecil Kellaway
Roles Carol Delbridge
Rating58% 2.912822.912822.912822.912822.91282
When his father dies in an accident, Adrian Ainsworth is forced to get a replacement as head of the family salt company on an island in the Caribbean.
North West Mounted Police, 2h6
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, Arthur Rosson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure, Historical, Romance, Western
Actors Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Madeleine Carroll, Preston Foster, Robert Preston, George Bancroft
Roles April Logan
Rating64% 3.2487953.2487953.2487953.2487953.248795
Texas Ranger Dusty Rivers (Gary Cooper) is sent to Canada during the 1880s in pursuit of outlaw Jacques Corbeau (George Bancroft), arriving in the midst of the Riel Rebellion. Dusty meets nurse April Logan (Madeleine Carroll) and quickly falls in love with her. However, she is already involved with Canadian Mountie Sergeant Jim Britt (Preston Foster). Dusty and April have become involved with one another, which becomes evident to Jim, to whom April wishes to remain loyal.
My Son, My Son!, 1h56
Directed by Charles Vidor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Madeleine Carroll, Brian Aherne, Louis Hayward, Laraine Day, Henry Hull, Josephine Hutchinson
Roles Livia Vaynol
Rating63% 3.1940553.1940553.1940553.1940553.194055
Mon fils, mon fils! est un film dramatique américain 1940 basé sur un roman du même nom écrit par Howard Spring et réalisé par Charles Vidor. Il a été nominé pour un Academy Award pour la meilleure direction artistique de John DuCasse Schulze.
Honeymoon in Bali, 1h35
Directed by Edward H. Griffith
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Fred MacMurray, Madeleine Carroll, Allan Jones, Akim Tamiroff, Helen Broderick, Osa Massen
Roles Gail Allen
Rating62% 3.148133.148133.148133.148133.14813
On a rainy New York City autumn afternoon, the head of a major Department Store, Gail Allen, meets her second cousin and best friend Lorna for afternoon tea. Her cousin, an author of love stories set in the South Seas, invites a resident fortune teller to predict Gail's future. At first the reading sounds like a hundred others, until she foresees her having a child and meeting a man whose arm was cut by a native's rice knife.