Todd in The Paradine Case, 1948.
24 January 1909|
Hartford, Cheshire, England
|Died||6 May 1993
|Spouse(s)||Victor N. Malcolm (1933–?)
Nigel Tangye (1945–1949)
David Lean (1949–1957)
Dorothy Anne Todd (24 January 1909 – 6 May 1993) was an English actress and producer.
Todd was born in Hartford, Cheshire, England and educated at St. Winifrid's School, Eastbourne, Sussex. She went on to study speech training and drama under Elsie Fogerty at the Central School of Speech and Drama, then based at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Todd was off screen for a number of years. She had a good support role in a big hit, Perfect Strangers (1945, as a nurse), then had a huge success when she played a suicidal concert pianist in The Seventh Veil (1945), opposite James Mason. She followed this with a musical, Gaiety George (1946) and a noir Daybreak (shot in 1946, released in 1948).
The Seventh Veil was a hit in the US as well as UK. 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."
She received a Hollywood offer from Alfred Hitchcock to play Gregory Peck's wife in The Paradine Case (1947), which was a flop. So Evil My Love (1948), a US-British co production was a box office disappointment, as was The Passionate Friends (1949), directed by her then husband David Lean.
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.
Todd said of herself, "I'm really very shy, and I get over that playing an actress."
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.
Todd married film director Lean on 21 May 1949 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.
Todd died on 6 May 1993 from a stroke, aged 84.
- Keepers of Youth (1931), Millicent
- These Charming People (1931), Pamela Crawford
- The Ghost Train (1931), Peggy Murdock
- The Water Gipsies (1932), Jane Bell
- The Return of Bulldog Drummond (1934), Phyllis Drummond
- Things to Come (1936), Mary Gordon
- Action for Slander (1937), Ann Daviot
- The Squeaker (1937), Carol Stedman
- South Riding (1938), Midge Carne
- Black Magic (TV) (1938), Mary Chalfont
- The Old and the Young (TV) (1938)
- Ann and Harold (TV) - unknown episodes, (1938), Ann Teviot
- Tower of London (1939), Princess - uncredited
- Poison Pen (1939), Ann Rider
- Danny Boy (1941), Jane Kaye
- Ships with Wings (1942), Kay Gordon
- Perfect Strangers (1945), Elena
- The Seventh Veil (1945), Francesca
- Gaiety George (1946), Kathryn Davis
- The Paradine Case (1947), Gay Keane
- Daybreak (1948), Frankie
- So Evil My Love (1948), Olivia Harwood
- The Passionate Friends (1949), Mary Justin
- Madeleine (1950), Madeleine Smith
- The Sound Barrier (1952), Susan Garthwaite
- BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV) - Two episodes: "Tovarich" (1954), Grand Duchess Tatiana Petrovna; "Her Royal Highness" (1952), Princess Louise
- The Green Scarf (1954), Solange Vauthier
- The Alcoa Hour (TV) - One episode: "The Black Wings" (1955), Jane Cornish
- The United States Steel Hour (TV) - One episode: "Edward My Son" (1955), Evelyn Holt
- Time Without Pity (1957), Honor Stanford
- Climax! (TV) - One episode: Shadow of a Memory (1957), Jane Palmer
- General Electric Theater (TV) - One episode: "Letters from Cairo" (1958), Cynthia Spence
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV) - One episode: "Sylvia" (1958), Sylvia Leeds Kent
- The Offshore Island (TV) (1959), Rachel Verney
- Playhouse 90 (TV) - Two episodes: "The Grey Nurse Said Nothing" (1959), Laura Mills; "Not the Glory" (1958), Lady Diane Goodfellow
- Taste of Fear (1961), Jane Appleby
- Thriller (TV) - One episode: "Letter to a lover" (1961), Sylvia Lawrence
- Figlio del capitano Blood II The Son of Captain Blood (1962), Arabella Blood opposite Errol Flynn's son Sean
- Ninety Degrees in the Shade (1965), Mrs Kurka
- Armchair Theatre (TV) - Two episodes: "Ready for Glory" (1966), Lady Baynton; "The Lady of Camellias" (1958), Marguerite Gautier
- Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV) - One episode: "The Keys on the Streets" (1967), The woman
- The Fiend (1972), Birdy Wemys
- The Human Factor (1979), Castle’s mother
- Maelstrom (TV miniseries) (1985), Astrid Linderman
- Screen Two (TV) - One episode: "The McGuffin" (1986), Mrs Forbes-Duthie
- Maigret (TV) - One episode, "The Patience of Maigret" (1992), Mlle Josette
|1946||This Is Hollywood||The Seventh Veil|
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