Vivean Gray

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Vivean Gray
Born Jean Vivra Gray.
(1924-07-20) July 20, 1924 (age 89)
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England
Occupation Actress

Vivean Gray (born Jean Vivra Gray; 20 July 1924 in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire) is a veteran British actress, who found her niche playing gossipy characters in Australian television series/soap operas. In her early life, she lived in England but moved to Australia in 1952 after she had trouble finding any acting opportunities. She portrayed mathematics teacher Miss McGraw in Peter Weir's film adaptation of Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975).

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She played two long-running characters in Australian soap operas, Ida Jessup in The Sullivans for its entire run, and Mrs Nell Mangel in Neighbours.

She appeared in Prisoner as genteel poisoner Edna Pearson in 1984. After the initial showing of her episodes in Australia, a woman claimed the story was based on her real life experience of being accused of poisoning her husband and threatened to sue the producers, Grundy Television. As a result any material that coincided with the woman's story was removed for subsequent episode screenings, including the full Australian DVD release of Prisoner. In 2010 a special DVD release of the full uncut 'Edna' story was released but only in the UK.

Gray left her role of Mrs Mangel after receiving abuse from Neighbours fans who could not distinguish fact from fiction.[1] In the story Mrs Mangel moved to St Albans, England.


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