Selena Royle

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Selena Royle
Selena Royle (publicity still - 1948).jpg
Publicity still from 1948
Born (1904-11-06)November 6, 1904
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died April 23, 1983(1983-04-23) (aged 78)
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Other names Selena Royale
Occupation Actress
Years active 1921–1959
Spouse(s) Earle Larrimore (m. 1932–43)
Georges Renavent (m. 1948–69)

Selena Royle (November 6, 1904 — April 23, 1983) was an American stage, television and film actress.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in New York City, Royle's parents were playwright Edwin Milton Royle and actress Selena Fetter (April 12, 1860 - May 10, 1955). She had an older sister Josephine Fetter Royle (1901–1992). She turned to acting despite the objections of her parents. Nonetheless, her first professional role was as Guinevere in her father's play Lancelot and Elaine. Eventually she landed a part on her own in the 1923 Theatre Guild production of Peer Gynt with Joseph Schildkraut and became a respected Broadway actress. She made one film in the 1930s, Misleading Lady, but otherwise worked on the stage and on radio, starring on the shows Hilda Hope, M.D. and Kate Hopkins.

In the 1940s, she returned to film and had a successful run, mainly playing maternal characters such as Ingrid Bergman's mother in Joan of Arc (1948). She also made several appearances on early television. However, in 1951, when she refused to testify about her alleged Communist sympathies before the House Un-American Activities Committee, her acting career came to a sudden standstill. She appeared in only two more films afterwards, including the low-budget Robot Monster.

Personal life and death[edit]

Her first husband was Earle Larrimore. They were married in 1932 and divorced in 1942. She was married to actor Georges Renavent from 1948 until his death in 1969.

Royle died in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on April 23, 1983, aged 78.

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