Ellen Pollock

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Ellen Pollock
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Born June 29, 1902
Heidelberg, Germany
Died March 29, 1997(1997-03-29) (aged 94)
London, England
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Leslie Hancock (1929–1944), James Proudfoot (1945–1971)

Ellen Pollock (June 29, 1902 – March 29, 1997) was a British character actress, mainly appeared on stage in London's West End. She also appeared in several films and TV productions.

A devotee of Bernard Shaw, she was president of the Shaw Society from 1949. In their obituary, The Independent wrote "Pollock is believed to have played, in a career spanning 72 years, more Shavian heroines than anyone else. She directed London seasons of his plays; and it was during the London premiere of one of his lesser-known works - Far Fetched Fables (Watergate, 1950) - that she announced Shaw's death from the stage."[1]

Her dedication to acting began as a seven year old, when she saw Sarah Bernhardt on stage. She knew then that she wanted to be an actress herself.[1]

Ellen Pollock was also a theatre director and a teacher of drama at RADA and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art; and her varied television work included several appearances in The Forsyte Saga for the BBC.[1]

She outlived both her first and second husbands, Captain Leslie Hancock and the artist James Proudfoot. She had one child with Captain Hancock. Ellen Pollock was the subject of TV's This Is Your Life in 1992.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Adam Benedick (1997-04-12). "Obituary: Ellen Pollock - Obituaries - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  2. ^ "Subjects O - S". Bigredbook.info. Retrieved 2014-03-06.