British actress who appeared in films versions of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit and Oscar Wilde’s The Need for Getting Earnest. She gained an Oscar in 1963 for greatest supporting celebrity. She first proved helpful as a instructor of elocution prior to making her stage debut in 1925. She was appointed Official of the United kingdom Empire in 1961. She was wedded to Stringer Davis from 1945 until 1972. She co-starred with Virginia McKenna in the film THE TINIEST Show on the planet.