Mary Clare

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Mary Clare
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Born Mary Clare Absalom
(1892-07-17)17 July 1892
Lambeth, Surrey, England, UK
Died 29 August 1970(1970-08-29) (aged 78)
Harrow, London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1910-1959

Mary Clare (17 July 1892 - 29 August 1970) was a British actress, who performed in films, on the stage and later on television.


Mary Clare Absalom was born in 1892. She trained at a dramatic school and began her career on the London stage at the age of 18 in 1910. She appeared in the film The Black Spider in 1920, and thereafter divided her time between the stage and the cinema. In September 1936 she played the leading role in the play Laura Garnett, by Leslie and Sewell Stokes, at the Arts Theatre Club, London.

In the theatre, she played the lead role of the victim in Agatha Christie's 1945 play Appointment with Death.

In films, she was mainly a character actress and in later life often portrayed mature ladies who had strength of character or were autocratic. In April 1927, she appeared in Packing Up, a short film produced in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process. The short featured Malcolm Keen and was directed by Miles Mander.

In 1938, she was featured opposite Robert Donat and Rosalind Russell in The Citadel. The sole film in which she played the leading role was Mrs Pym of Scotland Yard in 1939. She appeared in two of the British-made Alfred Hitchcock films, Young and Innocent and The Lady Vanishes, playing vastly different characters. She played the part of Linda Singer in two different versions of The Constant Nymph and had previously been in the stage version. In 1956, she was in several TV episodes in British television.

Personal life[edit]

She married Lionel Percival Mawhood (1888–1935) at the District of St Martin, London in September Quarter 1915; they had two children. She never remarried.

Selected filmography[edit]


  • 1901 UK Census Record - Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1247; Folio: 132; Page: 7.
  • England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 > 1892 > Q3-Jul-Aug-Sep > Page 319; Mary Clare Absalom
  • England & Wales, Marriage Index: 1837-1983 > 1915 > Q3-Jul-Aug-Sep > Page 1171; Mary Clare Absalom & Lionel P. Mawhood
  • England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 > 1970 > Q3-Jul-Aug-Sep > Entry reads; "MAWHOOD Mary Clare b 17th Jy 1892 Harrow 5b 1903"
  • England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 > 1888 > Q3-Jul-Aug-Sep > Page 225; Lionel P. Mawhood
  • England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 > 1935 > Q3-Jul-Aug-Sep > Entry reads; "Mawhood, Lionel P. 47 (confirms age at death) E.Ashford 2a 1061"

"Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies" - edited by John Walker - Published by Harper-Collins - ISBN 0-06-093507-3

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