Fanny Rowe

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Frances "Fanny" Rowe (26 June 1913 – 31 August 1988) was an English film and television actress.

She was born in Preston, Lancashire, the daughter of a parson, and educated at Channing School For Girls in Highgate and then went on to study at Newnham College, Cambridge.

Rowe's acting career started in the Marlowe Society, Cambridge. She then worked in repertory theatre at Newcastle, Coventry, Harrogate, Worthing, Dundee and Windsor.

She appeared in many theatrical productions both in London's West End and also in the USA. In 1951 she was awarded the Clarence Derwent Award (her real name Frances Rowe is listed). She played the part of Alex Cornwall in the play called Who Goes There!

Her television work included Love Story, Rogues' Gallery, Vanity Fair, The Mill on the Floss (1965 TV adaptation of the book) and as Emily Forsyte in the 1967 TV series The Forsyte Saga. In later years, her most famous role was that of Nancy Penrose, the mother of Hester played by Julia McKenzie in the ITV sitcom Fresh Fields (1984-86).

She was married to actor Clive Morton.

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