|Born||Mary Clare Absalom
17 July 1892
Lambeth, Surrey, England, UK
|Died||29 August 1970
Harrow, London, England, UK
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 (not 1894 as some other reports state). 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 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.
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.
- The Skin Game (1921)
- Lights of London (1923) as Hetty Preene
- The Constant Nymph (1928) as Linda Singer
- The Feather (1929)
- Hindle Wakes (1931) as Mrs. Jeffcote
- Many Waters (1931)
- Keepers of Youth (1931)
- The Constant Nymph (1933) as Linda Singer
- Say it with Flowers (1934) as Kate Bishop
- Lorna Doone (1934) Mistress Sara Ridd
- The Clairvoyant (The Evil Mind) (1934) as Mother
- The Guv'nor (1935)
- The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935)
- The Mill on the Floss (1937)
- Young and Innocent (1937) as Aunt Margaret
- The Lady Vanishes (1938) as Isabel Nisatona
- Mrs Pym of Scotland Yard (1939) as Mrs. Pym
- On the Night of the Fire (1939) as Lizzie Crane
- There Ain't No Justice (1939)
- Miss Grant Goes to the Door (1940) as Caroline Grant
- Old Bill and Son (1941) as Maggie
- This Man Is Dangerous (1941) as Matron
- Next of Kin (1942) as Mrs. Webster
- The Night Has Eyes (1942)
- The Hundred Pound Window (1944)
- Fiddlers Three (1944) as Volumnia
- London Town (1946) as Mrs. Gates
- Mrs. Fitzherbert (1947)
- The Three Weird Sisters (1948) as Maude Morgan-Vaughan
- Oliver Twist (1948) as Mrs. Corney
- Portrait of Clare (1950)
- The Black Rose (1950) as Eloner of Lensford
- Moulin Rouge (1952) as Madame Louet
- The Beggers Opera (1953) as Mrs. Peachum
- The Price of Silence (1959) as Mrs. West
- 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"
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