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)January 24, 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-?)
one son
Nigel Tangye (1945-1949)
one daughter
David Lean (1949-1957)

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

Life and career[edit]

She was born in Hartford, Cheshire and was educated at St. Winifrid's School, Eastbourne, Sussex. She became a popular actress from 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). 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.[1]

Ann Todd married three times. Her first husband, Victor N. Malcolm, was a grandson of Lillie Langtry and 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 married film director Lean in 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 in 1957.

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



  1. ^ 1"Passages by Maria Speidel". People Magazine. 24 May 1993. p. Vol. 39 No. 20. 

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