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      Kay Kendall

      Kay Kendall

      Highest Rated: 89% Les Girls (1957)

      Lowest Rated: 50% The Reluctant Debutante (1958)

      Birthday: May 21, 1926

      Birthplace: Withernsea, Yorkshire, England, UK

      Effervescent British leading lady of the 1950s who epitomized screwball elegance in a handful of films, most unworthy of her talents. Kendall was born into a theatrical environment, her grandmother Marie had been a music hall great and other members of her family were also performers. She and her sister Kim formed an act during WWII, and Kendall began appearing in film and television productions in the late 1940s. After one disaster ("London Town," 1946), she worked her way up in supporting parts, including "Lady Godiva Rides Again" (1951), "It Started in Paradise" (1952), and her first big break, "Genevieve" (1953), in which her character tussled with a huge dog named Suzy and displayed unexpected talent as a trumpeter.

      Highest rated movies

      89% Les Girls
      88% Genevieve
      86% Doctor in the House
      50% The Reluctant Debutante

      Photos

      LES GIRLS, Kay Kendall, 1957 GENEVIEVE, Kay Kendall, Kenneth More, 1953 SIMON AND LAURA, Kay Kendall, 1955 SIMON AND LAURA, Kay Kendall, Peter Finch, 1955 SIMON AND LAURA, Kay Kendall, 1955 GENEVIEVE, Kenneth More, Kay Kendall, 1953 CURTAIN UP, Kay Kendall, 1953 DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE, Kay Kendall, Kenneth More, 1954 IT STARTED IN PARADISE, from left, Jack Allen, Kay Kendall, 1952 THE ADVENTURES OF QUENTIN DURWARD, (aka QUENTIN DURWARD), Kay Kendall, on location at Chamord Castle, France, 1955 LONDON TOWN, (aka MY HEART GOES CRAZY), Kay Kendall, 1946 (US release 1953) LONDON TOWN, (aka MY HEART GOES CRAZY), Sid Field, Kay Kendall, 1946 (US release 1953) ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING, Kay Kendall, Yul Brynner, 1960 STREET OF SHADOWS, Kay Kendall, 1953 STREET OF SHADOWS, Kay kendall, 1953 ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING, Kay Kendall, Yul Brynner, 1960 THE ADVENTURES OF QUENTIN DURWARD, (aka QUENTIN DURWARD), Kay Kendall, 1955 THE RELUCTANT DEBUTANTE, from left: Rex Harrison, Kay Kendall, 1958 rexharrison-fsct04(rexharrison-fsct04) GENEVIEVE, from left: Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kenneth More, Kay Kendall, 1953 genevieve1953-fsct08, Photo by: (genevieve1953-fsct08) THE ADVENTURES OF QUENTIN DURWARD, (aka QUENTIN DURWARD), Kay Kendall, 1955

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 33% Once More, With Feeling! Dolly Fabian (Character) - 1960
      50% 73% The Reluctant Debutante Sheila Broadbent (Character) - 1958
      89% 72% Les Girls Lady Sybil Wren (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 71% Simon and Laura Laura Foster (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 38% Quentin Durward Isabelle (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 80% The Constant Husband Monica Hathaway (Character) - 1955
      86% 44% Doctor in the House Isobel Minster (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Abdulla the Great Ronnie (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Abdullah's Harem Ronnie (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fast and Loose Carol Hankin (Character) - 1954
      88% 75% Genevieve Rosalind Peters (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 33% Shadow Man Barbara Gale (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It Started in Paradise Unknown (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wings of Danger Alexia LaRoche (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Square Ring Eve Lewis (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Curtain Up Sandra Beverley (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 80% Happy Go Lovely Secretary (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady Godiva Rides Again Sylvia (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dance Hall Doreen (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet London Town Patsy (Character) - 1946