Ann Todd

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This article is about the English actress. For the American child actress, see Ann E. Todd.
Ann Todd
Ann Todd The Paradine Case 1948.JPG
Todd in The Paradine Case, 1948.
Born (1909-01-24)24 January 1909
Hartford, Cheshire, England
Died 6 May 1993(1993-05-06) (aged 84)
London, England
Occupation actress, producer
Years active 1931–1992
Spouse(s) Victor N. Malcolm (1933-?)
1 son [1]
Nigel Tangye (1945-1949)
1 daughter
David Lean (1949-1957)
Children Ann Francesca Tangye
David Malcolm[2]

Dorothy Anne Todd (24 January 1909 – 6 May 1993) was an English actress and producer.

Early years[edit]

Todd was born in Hartford, Cheshire, England and educated at St. Winifrid's School, Eastbourne, Sussex. She went onto study speech training and drama under Elsie Fogerty at the Central School of Speech and Drama, then based at the Royal Albert Hall, London.[3]


Todd became a popular actress by appearing in such films as Perfect Strangers (1945, as a nurse) and The Seventh Veil (1945, as a troubled concert pianist). She is perhaps best known to American audiences as Gregory Peck's long-suffering wife in Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case (1947).

In 1946, Todd was said to be the "holder of the most lucrative contract ever signed by an English cinema actress, with over a million dollars involved in its clauses."[4]


Todd starred in two episodes of Playhouse 90: "Not the Glory" and "The Grey Nurse Said Nothing".[5]


In 1957, Todd starred in the Broadway production of Four Winds.[6]


She later produced a series of travel films. Her autobiography is entitled The Eighth Veil, an allusion to the film which made her a star in Britain. Todd was known as the "pocket Garbo" for her diminutive, blonde beauty.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Todd said of herself, "I'm really very shy, and I get over that playing an actress."[8]

Todd married three times. Her first husband, Victor N. Malcolm, was a grandson of Lillie Langtry and Prince Louis of Battenberg, the 1st Marquess of Milford Haven; she had a son with him named David Malcolm. Her second and third husbands (Nigel Tangye and David Lean) were first cousins. She had a daughter with Nigel Tangye called Ann Francesca Tangye. She was divorced from Tangye 12 March 1949.[9]

Todd married film director Lean on 21 May 1949[10] and starred in a number of his films, including The Passionate Friends (1949), Madeleine (1950) and The Sound Barrier (1952). Lean and Todd divorced 15 July 1957.[11]


Todd died on 6 May 1993 from a stroke, aged 84.


Radio appearances[edit]

Year Programme Episode/source
1946 This Is Hollywood The Seventh Veil[12]


  1. ^ "No title". The Australasian. CXLII, (4,597). Victoria, Australia. 13 February 1937. p. 13 (METROPOLITAN EDITION). Retrieved 8 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
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  3. ^ ‘Fogie – The Life (1865-1945) of Elsie Fogerty Pioneer of speech training for the theatre and everyday life’, Marion Cole (Peter Davis, London, 1967),
  4. ^ Fitz Gerald, Joe (14 April 1946). "W. Berry Not So Bad As Bandit In 'Bad Bascomb' At The Stuart". The Lincoln Star. p. 32. Retrieved 2 October 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "'Snows of Kilimanjaro' Logged For Friday Release; Ann Todd Stars". The Daily Herald. 21 March 1960. p. 15. 
  6. ^ "Ann Todd". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  7. ^ 1"Passages by Maria Speidel". People Magazine. 24 May 1993: Vol. 39 No. 20. 
  8. ^ Glover, William (22 September 1957). "Pretty Face Isn't Enough: Ann Todd". The Bridgeport Post. p. 35. Retrieved 2 October 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Actress Ann Todd Divorced By Mate". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. 13 March 1949. p. 50. Retrieved 2 October 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ "Ann Todd, David Lean Are Wed In London". Portland Press Herald. 23 May 1949. p. 10. Retrieved 2 October 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ "Actress Ann Todd Granted Divorce". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. 15 July 1957. p. 29. Retrieved 2 October 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ "Ray Milland, Ann Todd, Co-Star on 'This Is Hollywood' Premiere Tonight". Harrisburg Telegraph. 5 October 1946. p. 17. Retrieved 2 October 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read

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