Peggy Ashcroft

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  • Birth Name: Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft
  • Birth Place: Croydon, Surrey, England
  • Died: June 14, 1991
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Made West End theatrical debut in 1927.
  • Achieved fame with her performance of Desdemona to Paul Robeson's Othello, and went on to become one of the most acclaimed Shakespearean actors, often playing opposite Sir John Gielgud.
  • After beginning a limited film career with 1933's The Wandering Jew, most visible motion-picture role was in the Alfred Hitchcock classic The 39 Steps (1935); later won an Oscar for A Passage to India (1984).
  • Became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1956, and became the only living British actor to have a playhouse, the Ashcroft Theatre in Croydon, England, named in her honor.
  •  Last role was in the 1990 TV-movie She's Been Away.

Awards

  • 1990, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1990, BAFTA Film Awards — Special Award (Film): Nominee
  • 1970, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 1989, Venice Film Festival — Best Actress: Winner
  • 1984, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1986, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1960, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actress: Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special: Nominee

Relationships

  • Edward Ashcroft — Brother
  • Jeremy Hutchinson — Ex-husband
  • Theodore Komisarjevsky — Ex-husband
  • Rupert Hart-Davis — Ex-husband
  • William Worsley Ashcroft — Father
  • Violetta Maud Ashcroft — Mother
  • Eliza — Daughter
  • Nicholas Hutchinson — Son

College

  • Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England

Details

  • Birth Name: Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft
  • Birth Place: Croydon, Surrey, England
  • Died: June 14, 1991
  • Profession: Actor

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