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Margaret Rutherford is a Actor British born on 11 may 1892 at London (United-kingdom)

Margaret Rutherford

Margaret Rutherford
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Birth name Margaret Taylor Rutherford
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 11 may 1892 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 22 may 1972 (at 80 years) at Chalfont St Peter (United-kingdom)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Dame Margaret Taylor Rutherford, DBE (11 May 1892 – 22 May 1972) was an English character actress, who first came to prominence following World War II in the film adaptations of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. In 1963 she won the best supporting actress Oscar and a Golden Globe for her role as The Duchess of Brighton in The VIPs. Rutherford was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1961 and a Dame Commander (DBE) in 1967.


In 1945, Rutherford, 53, married character actor Stringer Davis, 46, after a courtship that lasted for 15 years. Davis' mother reportedly considered Rutherford an unsuitable match for her son and nuptials were postponed until Mrs Davis' demise. Subsequently, the couple appeared in many productions together. Davis adored Rutherford, with one friend noting: "For him she was not only a great talent but, above all, a beauty." The ex-serviceman and actor rarely left his wife's side, serving Rutherford as private secretary, gofer and general dogsbody. More importantly, he nursed and comforted her through periodic debilitating depressions. These illnesses, sometimes involving stays in mental hospitals and electric shock treatment, were kept hidden from the press during Rutherford's life. The Marple films capture something of the couple's public personae as projected in the media at the time: their cozy domesticity, erratic housekeeping and almost childlike innocence and affection.

In the 1950s, Rutherford and Davis unofficially adopted the writer Gordon Langley Hall, then in his twenties. Hall later had gender reassignment surgery and became Dawn Langley Simmons, under which name she wrote a biography of Rutherford in 1983. Famously, in the film 'Withnail & I' Paul McGann's character was filmed reading about Hall's story in a tabloid newspaper during the breakfast cafe scene near the beginning of the film.

Best films

Blithe Spirit (1945)

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Filmography of Margaret Rutherford (46 films)

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The Wacky World of Mother Goose, 1h21
Directed by Jules Bass
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Animation
Themes Children's films
Actors Margaret Rutherford, Bob McFadden, Bradley Bolke, Craig Sechler
Roles Mother Goose (voice)
Rating51% 2.5759552.5759552.5759552.5759552.575955
In the land of Old King Cole: Jack and Jill, Simple Simon, Georgie Porgie and others are worried when Mother Goose has to visit her sister on the far side of the moon.
A Countess From Hong Kong, 2h
Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Sydney Chaplin, Tippi Hedren, Margaret Rutherford, Angela Scoular
Roles Miss Gaulswallow
Rating61% 3.050123.050123.050123.050123.05012
Ambassador-designate to Saudi Arabia Ogden Mears (Marlon Brando) sails back to America after touring the world. He meets Natasha, a Russian countess (Sophia Loren, in Hong Kong after she sneaks aboard in evening dress to escape her life at a dance hall for sailors. A refugee, she has no passport and is forced to stay in his cabin during the voyage.
Arabella (1967)

Directed by Mauro Bolognini
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy
Actors Virna Lisi, James Fox, Margaret Rutherford, Terry-Thomas, Paola Borboni, Giancarlo Giannini
Roles Princess Ilaria
Rating54% 2.7332152.7332152.7332152.7332152.733215
En Italie, dans les années 1920, sa mère étant menacée d'expulsion, Arabella tente d'extorquer de l'argent à toutes sortes de personnes.
Chimes at Midnight, 1h55
Directed by Orson Welles
Origin Espagne
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Historical
Themes Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, Films about royalty
Actors Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, John Gielgud, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, Marina Vlady
Roles Mistress Quickly
Rating77% 3.8947053.8947053.8947053.8947053.894705
The film opens with Sir John Falstaff and Justice Shallow walking through the snow, then to a warm fire inside the Boar's Head Tavern as the two reminisce. After a main credit sequence, the narrator explains that King Henry IV of England has succeeded Richard II, whom he had killed. Richard II's true heir, Edmund Mortimer, is a prisoner in Wales, and Mortimer's cousins Northumberland, Worcester and Northumberland's son Hotspur demand that Henry rescue Mortimer. Henry refuses and Northumberland, Worcester and Hotspur begin to plot his overthrow.
The Alphabet Murders, 1h30
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Actors Tony Randall, Anita Ekberg, Robert Morley, Maurice Denham, Sheila Allen, Drewe Henley
Roles Miss Jane Marple (uncredited)
Rating54% 2.7090452.7090452.7090452.7090452.709045
Albert Aachen, a clown with a unique diving act, is found dead, the murder weapon a poison dart. When a woman named Betty Barnard becomes the next victim, detective Hercule Poirot suspects that Sir Carmichael Clarke could be in grave danger.
Murder Most Foul, 1h30
Directed by George Pollock
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Actors Margaret Rutherford, Stringer Davis, Ron Moody, Bud Tingwell, Dennis Price, Ralph Michael
Roles Miss Jane Marple
Rating71% 3.596643.596643.596643.596643.59664
Margaret McGinty, a barmaid and former actress, is found hanged, and her lodger, Harold Taylor, caught at the scene, seems plainly guilty. Everyone believes it to be an open-and-shut case ... except for Miss Marple. She is the lone holdout in the jury that tries him, leading to a mistrial.
Murder Ahoy, 1h33
Directed by George Pollock
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Actors Margaret Rutherford, Stringer Davis, Lionel Jeffries, Bud Tingwell, Derek Nimmo, Joan Benham
Roles Miss Jane Marple
Rating70% 3.548283.548283.548283.548283.54828
The action takes place mainly on board an old wooden-walled battleship, HMS Battledore, which has been purchased by a Trust for the rehabilitation of young criminals, and intended by the founder to put backbone into young jellyfish.
The V.I.P.s, 1h59
Directed by Anthony Asquith
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Louis Jourdan, Maggie Smith, Orson Welles, Rod Taylor
Roles The Duchess of Brighton
Rating63% 3.150063.150063.150063.150063.15006
The film is set within Terminal 3 of London Heathrow Airport during a fog. As flights are delayed, the VIPs (very important people) of the title play out the drama of their lives in a number of slightly interconnected stories. The delays have caused serious hardship for most of the characters and have plunged some of them into a deep personal or financial crisis.
Murder at the Gallop, 1h21
Directed by George Pollock
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Actors Margaret Rutherford, Stringer Davis, Robert Morley, Flora Robson, Bud Tingwell, Gordon Harris
Roles Miss Jane Marple
Rating72% 3.64463.64463.64463.64463.6446
While Miss Marple (Margaret Rutherford) and Mr Stringer (Stringer Davis) are soliciting donations for a charity, they visit Mr. Enderby (Finlay Currie), a rich and eccentric recluse. He tumbles down a staircase, apparently the victim of a fatal heart attack. Knowing that Enderby had a pathological fear of cats, Miss Marple becomes suspicious when she finds one in the house. She also finds a piece of mud bearing the print of a riding boot, but when she goes to Inspector Craddock (Bud Tingwell), he is sceptical, believing that Enderby died of natural causes.
The Mouse on the Moon, 1h22
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Sur la Lune, Political films, Space opera, Sur la Lune
Actors Margaret Rutherford, Bernard Cribbins, Ron Moody, Terry-Thomas, David Kossoff, June Ritchie
Roles Grand Duchess Gloriana XIII
Rating63% 3.197273.197273.197273.197273.19727
Financial disaster looms for Grand Fenwick when the current vintage of its only export, wine, starts exploding in would-be consumers' faces. Prime Minister Mountjoy (Ron Moody) decides to ask the United States for a loan, ostensibly to fund its entry in the race to the Moon, but actually to save the duchy (and install modern plumbing so he can have a hot bath). The devious politician knows that the Americans will not believe him, but will consider the half million dollars he is asking for to be cheap propaganda supporting their hollow call for international co-operation in space. He is delighted when they send him double the amount as an outright gift. The Soviets, not wishing to be one-upped by their Cold War rivals, deliver an obsolete rocket. Mountjoy asks resident scientist Professor Kokintz (David Kosoff) to arrange a small explosion during the "launch" of their lunar rocket to make it look like they have actually spent the money as intended.
Murder She Said, 1h27
Directed by George Pollock
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films
Actors Margaret Rutherford, John Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow, Stringer Davis, Bud Tingwell, James Robertson Justice
Roles Miss Jane Marple
Rating73% 3.697583.697583.697583.697583.69758
While traveling by rail, Miss Marple witnesses the strangling of a young woman in the carriage of an overtaking train. The local police can find no evidence to support her story, so she conducts her own investigation and, with the aid of her close friend Jim Stringer (Stringer Davis), comes to the conclusion that the body must have been thrown off the train near the grounds of Ackenthorpe Hall, which adjoins the railway line.
On the Double, 1h32
Directed by Melville Shavelson
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, War, Comedy, Action
Themes Military humor in film, Political films
Actors Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Margaret Rutherford, Diana Dors, Gregory Walcott
Roles Lady Vivian
Rating64% 3.2486353.2486353.2486353.2486353.248635
The year is 1944. The place is an Allied army camp in southeast England, full of soldiers waiting for the D-day invasion.
On the Double, 1h32
Directed by Melville Shavelson
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, War, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Actors Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Margaret Rutherford, Diana Dors, Allan Cuthbertson
Roles Lady Vivian
Rating64% 3.2486253.2486253.2486253.2486253.248625
Le soldat de 2e classe Ernie Williams a du mal à se faire à la discipline militaire. Peu avant le débarquement, il s'échappe d'un campement mais est repris aussitôt. On lui propose alors de prendre la place d'un général dont la vie est menacée par les nazis. Ernie accepte à contre-cœur. Maggie, l'épouse du général malheureuse dans son couple, arrive à l'improviste et commence à s'attacher à ce mari de remplacement. Mais Ernie est capturé par les Allemands puis emmené à Berlin où il est interrogé par la Gestapo. Après avoir fourni de fausses informations, Ernie parvient à s'évader avant d'être poursuivi par des agents nazis.
I'm All Right Jack, 1h45
Directed by John Boulting, Roy Boulting
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about the labor movement, Political films
Actors Ian Carmichael, Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Dennis Price, Margaret Rutherford, Terry-Thomas
Roles Aunt Dolly
Rating71% 3.595623.595623.595623.595623.59562
After leaving the army and returning to university, newly graduated upper-class Stanley Windrush