Margaret Leighton
Actress


Date of birth: 26 February 1922
Place of birth: Barnt Green, Worcestershire, UK
Height: 5' 10" (1.79 m)
Died: 13 January 1976 (multiple sclerosis)
Place of death: Chichester, Sussex, UK

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Tall, Beautiful, Weird Looking and Thin

    British theatre actress Margaret Leighton made her classical stage debut at age 16. The daughter of a businessman, she joined the Old Vic Company under the direction of Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson and in the late 40s and 50s earned kudos for her theatrical endeavors on both the London and Broadway stages.

    She was nominated for four Tony awards, winning twice.


Margaret Leighton

    The tall, reedy, opulent lady with strikingly odd, yet fascinating facial features also gave rich performances on film, stealing more than a few features away from the stars with her neurotic, brittle matrons and their unique brand of sophisticated eccentricity.

    Her first husband was noted publisher Max Reinhardt, famous for his collection of letters and photographs from playwright and novelist George Bernard Shaw. Her second husband was actor of Laurence Harvey, who appeared with her in the movie The Good Die Young (1954). Both marriages ended in divorce. Her last marriage to actor Michael Wilding, who co-starred with her in Lady Caroline Lamb (1972), was a long and enduring match up. Other notable screen credits include The Constant Husband (1955), Waltz of the Toreadors (1962), The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) and the TV-movie, Great Expectations (1974) (TV) as the incomparable Miss Havisham.

    In 1971, Margaret was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis but didn't let it slow her down. Even by 1975 when she was no longer capable of walking, she continued to act. She died of the disease the following year.



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