20 February 1911
Canterbury, Kent, England, UK
|Died||1 January 1982
London, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Francis Lister (1934-36) (divorced)
Allan McMartin 1938-46) (divorced)
A. D. Peters (1958-72) (his death)
Margot Grahame (20 February 1911 – 1 January 1982), also known as Margaret Clark, was an English actress most noted for starring in The Informer (1935) and The Crimson Pirate. She started acting in 1930 and made her last screen appearance in 1958.
She was born Margaret Clark in Canterbury, Kent. Her family went to South Africa when she was three years old, which led to her being educated there. She began her stage career with Dennis Neilson-Terry a few weeks after leaving school at the age of 14, in Pretoria. She made her London stage debut in 1927 as understudy to Mary Glynne in The Terror. Her screen debut was in the 1930 film Rookery Nook.
Grahame was the highest-paid actress in Britain during the 1930s, before going to America, where she performed in a number of films from the 1930s to the 1950s. Hollywood producers' interest was piqued that she had appeared in 42 major roles in British films in only three years. Grahame was signed to a long-term contract by RKO.
She appeared as the prostitute girlfriend of Gypo Nolan in John Ford's The Informer (1935). She followed this performance with a role as leading lady Milady de Winter in The Three Musketeers (1935). She performed with Bebe Daniels in The Fabulous Joe (1947). As the character Emily Terkle, Grahame was appearing in her first film since The Buccaneer (1938). The latter dealt with U.S. history, particularly the lives of Jean Lafitte and Andrew Jackson. Starring opposite Fredric March, Grahame faced the challenge of playing the love interest rather than a siren. After World War II, she dyed her hair and became a redhead. She appeared in The Romantic Age in 1949.
Her last films were made in the 1950s and included I'll Get You for This (1951), The Crimson Pirate (1952), The Beggar's Opera (1953), Orders Are Orders (1954) and Saint Joan (1957). She appeared in "The Sweater" (1958), an episode of The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1958).
Grahame moved into a new home high in the Hollywood Hills after her separation from British actor Francis Lister in 1935. She married Canadian millionaire Allen McMartin in 1938. They divorced in 1946. In 1948, Grahame began a relationship with the British literary agent A. D. Peters that continued until his death in 1973.
- Compromising Daphne (1930)
- Uneasy Virtue (1931)
- Stamboul (1931)
- Timbuctoo (1933)
- Yes, Mr Brown (1933)
- The Informer (1935)
- Crime Over London (1936)
- Broken Journey (1948)
- "Margot Grahame Dislikes Depot Change; Cecil B. Demille Talks About Buccaneer." Albuquerque Journal, 24 January 1938, p. 8.
- "Bebe Daniels Set To Produce Movie." Charleston Gazette. 16 July 1946, p. 11.
- "Margot Grahame Agrees That Luckies Are Gentlest On The Throat." Connellsville Daily Courier, 9 March 1937, Page 3.
- "Spring Styles Call For Much Warmer Hues-Margot Grahame." Dunkirk Evening Observer, 11 March 1937, p. 11.
- "In England They Call Margot Grahame Second Jean Harlow." Lowell Sun, 28 May 1935, p. 54.
- "Sign of Separation." Lowell Sun, 2 November 1935, p. 45.
- Margot Grahame at the Internet Movie Database
- Margot Grahame at the Internet Broadway Database
- Margot Grahame at Find a Grave
- Margot Grahame at Virtual History