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|Born||Jean Vivra Gray.
20 July 1924
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England
Vivean Gray (born Jean Vivra Gray; 20 July 1924) is a British actress who found her niche playing gossipy characters in Australian television series/soap operas. She was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, as one of four to a father who ran a fish and chip establishment but moved to Australia in 1952 after having trouble finding acting opportunities. She initially wanted to become jazz pianist, but decided to choose acting and had roles in Homicide, Division 4, Matlock Police, and as mathematics teacher Miss McGraw in Peter Weir's film adaptation of Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975).
Gray appeared in theatre and radio prior to the advent of television. 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 between 1986 and 1988. Gray left her role of Mrs Mangel after receiving abuse from Neighbours fans who could not distinguish fact from fiction.
She also 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 United Kingdom.
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