29 June 1901
|Died||26 February 1976
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
|Spouse(s)||Ben Ray Redman (1926–1961) (his death)|
Frieda Inescort (born Frieda Wrightman 29 June 1901, Edinburgh – 26 February 1976, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California) was a Scottish-born actress best known for creating the role of Sorel Bliss in Noël Coward's play Hay Fever. She played the shingled lady in John Galsworthy's 1927 Broadway production Escape.
She moved to Hollywood and made her film debut in The Dark Angel (1935). Her other films include Mary of Scotland (1936), The Letter (1940), The Trial of Mary Dugan (1941), You'll Never Get Rich (1941) and A Place in the Sun (1951).
She had a leading role in "Call It A Day", a 1937 film in which she appeared with Olivia Dehavilland, Bonita Granville, Roland Young, and Ian Hunter.
She appeared in at least one episode of Perry Mason, as Hope Quentin in "The Case of the Jealous Journalist", season 5, 1961.
On 2 August 1961, she and her husband since 1926, Ben Ray Redman, dined out. Redman had been despondent for some time. Returning home, he went upstairs to bed. He then called Frieda, informing her that he was depressed over the state of the world and had taken pills. By the time the paramedics arrived, he had died, a suicide at the age of 65. He had been working as a writer for the Saturday Review and was also involved in the translation of European classics into English.
Inescort had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1930s. Her disease accelerated after her husband's death, and she was using a wheelchair by the mid 1960s. On 7 July 1964, her estranged mother, British actress Elaine Inescourt, died in Brighton, England, aged 87.
Frieda Inescort worked as much as possible for the multiple sclerosis association. Often seen in the Hollywood area seated in her wheelchair, she collected donations outside supermarkets and in malls. Inescort died at the Motion Picture Country Home at Woodland Hills, California, from the disease she had battled since 1932, aged 74.
- Frieda Inescort at the Internet Movie Database
- Frieda Inescort at the Internet Broadway Database
- Classic Images website - www.classicimages.com
- Frieda Inescort at Find a Grave
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