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Wendy Hiller

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Film and movie theater actress whose functionality in Pygmalion resulted in her getting the first Uk woman within a Uk film to become nominated for an Oscar. In 1960 she received a BAFTA nomination for Greatest Supporting Celebrity for starring in the D.H. Lawrence motivated film, Sons and Fans. She produced her Western world End debut in 1934 in the greatly successful play Like in the Dole. She gained an Academy Prize for Best Helping Actress on her behalf functionality in the 1958 film Individual Tables. She wedded playwright Ronald Gow in 1937, as well as the set had two kids. Sidney Lumet aimed her in Murder in the Orient Express.

Quick Facts


Full Name Wendy Hiller
Date Of Birth August 15, 1912
Died May 14, 2003, Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality English
Spouse Ronald Gow
Children Anthony Gow, Ann Gow
Parents Frank Watkin Hiller, Marie Hiller
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, BAFTA Award for Best British Actress, British Academy Television Award for Best Actress, Laurence Olivier Award for Actress of the Year in a Revival, Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Movies A Man for All Seasons, Pygmalion, I Know Where I'm Going!, The Elephant Man, Separate Tables, Murder on the Orient Express, Major Barbara, Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, Sons and Lovers, Outcast of the Islands, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Toys in the Attic, Something of Value, Voyage of the Damned, All Passion Spent, Sailor of the King, Miss Morison's Ghosts, The Countess Alice, How to Murder a Rich Uncle, The Curse of King Tut's Tomb, The Kingfisher, Witness for the Prosecution, David Copperfield, The Cat and the Canary, The Best of Friends, Making Love, Lancashire Luck, Richard II, The Death of the Heart, The Comedy of Errors, Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy, Ending Up, King Richard the Second
TV Shows Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, Clochemerle
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1Grandmother of Anna (b. 1969) and Jeremy Gow (b. 1974), via son Anthony and his wife, Patricia.
2Was the 48th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Ocar for Separate Tables (1958) at The 31st Annual Academy Awards (1959) on April 6, 1959.
3She was buried next to her husband in the churchyard at St Mary's, Radnage, Buckinghamshire. The same church was used in the film A Month in the Country (1987).
4She played Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion (1938) opposite Leslie Howard as Professor Henry Higgins. Rex Harrison, who also appeared in Major Barbara (1941) with Hiller, played Professor Henry Higgins in the Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady on Broadway, followed by the West End London production (both opposite Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle) and in the My Fair Lady (1964) opposite Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle. He continued to appear in the role on and off in smaller productions for decades.
5She was Sidney Lumet 's second choice to play Princess Dragonmiroff in Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Lumet's first choice was vetoed by the producers. 'Ingrid Bergman' was then offered the role and declined, instead choosing the role of Greta Ohlsson, and then the role was offered to Hiller.
6In 1967, she accepted the Oscar for best actor in a leading role on behalf of Paul Scofield (her co-star in A Man for All Seasons (1966)), who wasn't present at the awards ceremony.
7She was nominated for Broadway's 1958 Tony Award as Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama for Eugene O'Neill's play, "A Moon for the Misbegotten.".
8She was personally chosen by George Bernard Shaw to play the lead roles in 1930s productions of his plays Saint Joan and Pygmalion. She was reputedly his favorite actress of the time.
9Mother of Ann (1939-2006) and Anthony Gow (b. 1942).
10She was awarded an honorary LLD by Manchester University in 1984.
11She was awarded the DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1975 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.
12She was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1971 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Screenplay1992TV SeriesCountess Alice von Holzendorf
The Best of Friends1991TV MovieLaurentia McLachlan
Ending Up1989TV MovieAdela
A Taste for Death1988TV Mini-SeriesLady Ursula Berowne
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne1987Aunt D'Arcy
Anne of Avonlea1987TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Margaret Harris
The Death of a Heart1987TV MovieMatchett
All Passion Spent1986TV SeriesLady Slane
Masterpiece Theatre: Lord Mountbatten - The Last Viceroy1986TV Mini-SeriesPrincess Victoria
Great Performances1985TV SeriesLady Bracknell
Attracta1983Attracta
The Kingfisher1983TV MovieEvelyn
The Comedy of Errors1983TV MovieAemilia
Witness for the Prosecution1982TV MovieJanet Mackenzie
Making Love1982Winnie
Miss Morison's Ghosts1981TV MovieMiss Elizabeth Morison
Play for Today1981TV SeriesLady Carlion
The Elephant Man1980Mothershead
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb1980TV MoviePrincess Vilma
Tales of the Unexpected1979TV SeriesLouisa
Richard II1978TV MovieDuchess of York
The Cat and the Canary1978Allison Crosby
ITV Playhouse1978TV SeriesMrs. Abercrombie
Voyage of the Damned1976Rebecca Weiler
Murder on the Orient Express1974Princess Dragomiroff
Stage 21972TV SeriesAase
Clochemerle1972TV SeriesJustine Putet
Love Story1972TV SeriesAriadne Lewis
When We Dead Awaken1970TV MovieIrene
David Copperfield1970TV MovieMrs. Micawber
The Growing Summer1969TV MovieGreat Aunt Dymphna
Plays of Today1969TV SeriesMary Fox
The Growing Summer1968TV SeriesGreat Aunt Dymphna Great-Aunt Dymphna
BBC Play of the Month1966-1968TV SeriesLilly Moffat Harriet
From Chekhov with Love1968TV Movie
A Man for All Seasons1966Alice
Knock on Any Door1966TV SeriesBee Burton
Jackanory1965TV SeriesStoryteller
Profiles in Courage1965TV SeriesAnne Hutchinson
Z Cars1964TV SeriesMrs. Hulme
Toys in the Attic1963Anna Berniers
Sons and Lovers1960Mrs. Morel
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1959TV SeriesLaura Siddons
Separate Tables1958Pat Cooper
Matinee Theatre1957-1958TV Series
The Twelve Pound Look1957TV MovieKate Sims
How to Murder a Rich Uncle1957Edith Clitterburn
Something of Value1957Henry's Daughter - Elizabeth
Lilli Palmer Theatre1955-1956TV SeriesEthel Waters
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1954TV SeriesJanet De Mullin (Mrs. Seagrave)
Sailor of the King1953Lucinda Bentley
Outcast of the Islands1951Mrs. Almayer
Hindle Wakes1947TV MovieFanny Hawthorn
'I Know Where I'm Going!'1945Joan Webster
Major Barbara1941Major Barbara Undershaft
The Fame of Grace Darling1939TV MovieGrace Darling
Pygmalion1938Eliza Doolittle
Lancashire Luck1937Betty Lovejoy

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A New Window Pane1997Documentary short
I Know Where I'm Going! Revisited1994TV Movie documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Backstage at Masterpiece Theatre1991TV SpecialHerself
Omnibus1988TV Series documentaryHerself
The British Greats1980TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
Night of 100 Stars1977TV SpecialHerself
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Accepting Best Actor Award for Paul Scofield
To Be a Woman1951DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Tonight on Broadway1948TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn2016Documentary
Agatha Christie: A Woman of Mystery2007Video documentaryPrincess Dragomiroff (in 'Murder on the Orient Express')
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryEliza Doolittle (in 'Pygmalion')
The 76th Annual Academy Awards2004TV SpecialHerself (Memorial Tribute)
Omnibus2001TV Series documentaryHerself
A Discussion of the Growing Summer1968TV MovieGreat Aunt Dymphna

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1996Dilys Powell AwardLondon Critics Circle Film Awards
1976Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActressMurder on the Orient Express (1974)
1959OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleSeparate Tables (1958)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988ACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesAnne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987)
1988GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by a Supporting ActressAnne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987)
1987BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressAll Passion Spent (1986)
1967OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleA Man for All Seasons (1966)
1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Supporting PerformanceA Man for All Seasons (1966)
1964Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActressToys in the Attic (1963)
1961BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest British ActressSons and Lovers (1960)
1959Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActressSeparate Tables (1958)
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Supporting PerformanceSeparate Tables (1958)
1939OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RolePygmalion (1938)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1939NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressPygmalion (1938)

TitleSalary
'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945)£17,000

#Quote
1[on Gabriel Pascal]: He came to grief when he tried to direct. He had enormous charm and he tried to be clever, but, unlike Korda, he wasn't a bit clever. He didn't make any money for himself; he was just an old bumbler-on with great charm.
2I think a little posterity must always be nice. After I'm dead I'll probably be a cult and they'll have entire seasons of me at the National Film Theatre. Thank God I won't have to watch them all.
3[on winning Best Actrss Award, 1958, for 'Separate Tables'] Unless they give some award for acting with one's back to the camera, I don't see how I could have won. Never mind the honor, though I'm sure it's very nice of them. I hope this award means cash. Hard cash.
4It's amazing what they give these awards for. All I seemed to do was walk in and out of doors and look over my shoulder at Burt Lancaster. They cut out my two best scenes, you know. I was frightfully cross. - regarding her Oscar-winning work in Separate Tables (1958).
5[on Separate Tables (1958)] "We were all English except Burt [Burt Lancaster] and dear Rita Hayworth. She made a jolly good stab at the film, and she was a lovely creature; I have never been large but Rita was so delicately boned she made me feel like a camel! It was a bizarre idea to transport all that was so English to Hollywood, but it was a very good film. I know I won an Oscar for it, but it was always the best part in the play".
6The first Oscar I ever saw was on Mr. Shaw's mantelshelf in his home at Ayot St. Lawrence. My first thought on hearing that I had got one was that if the great G.B.S. thought it was respectable then who was I to worry?
7"I thought Shaw [George Bernard Shaw] asked all young actresses to do those parts. It never occurred to me that he thought I was something special. He was a real charmer. Once, he wrote that I was playing "Saint Joan" as though I was cataleptic".


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