Anne Heywood

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Anne Heywood
Born Violet Pretty
(1932-12-11) 11 December 1932 (age 82)
Handsworth, Birmingham, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1951–1989

Anne Heywood (born 11 December 1932) is a British film actress.

Early life and career[edit]

Born as Violet Pretty in Handsworth, Birmingham, England, she won the Miss Great Britain title under her real name in 1950.

At one time she was the personal assistant of Radio's Talent Spotter Carroll Levis, a show which toured the main theatres throughout Britain. Later she also attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She began acting in films in the early 1950s, first in supporting roles but gradually evolving into a leading lady.

One of her more prominent film roles was in a film adaptation of a D. H. Lawrence novel, The Fox, co-starring Sandy Dennis, made in 1967, which caused controversy at the time due to its lesbian themes.[1] In the 1970s, she appeared in several giallo-type thrillers made in Italy.

Her career declined in the 1980s. Her penultimate role was on the United States television series The Equalizer, which starred actor Edward Woodward, in 1988 as Manon Brevard Marcel. The following year she appeared in a television movie, Memories of Manon, based on this same character.

Heywood was married to producer Raymond Stross, who produced most of her movies; including A Terrible Beauty, The Brain, The Very Edge, Ninety Degrees in the Shade, The Fox, Midas Run, I Want What I Want, and Good Luck Miss Wyckoff. After her husband died in 1988, Heywood retired and has never appeared onscreen since. In 1991 she remarried, to George Danzig Druke, a former Assistant Attorney General of New York State. The couple resides in Beverly Hills, California.


Year Film Role Notes
1951 Lady Godiva Rides Again Dorothy Marlowe (beauty contestant) (as Violet Pretty)
1953 Street Corner Susan
1956 Find the Lady Receptionist
Checkpoint Gabriela
1957 The Depraved Laura Wilton
Doctor at Large Emerald
Dangerous Exile Glynis
1958 Violent Playground Catherine Murphy
1959 The Heart of a Man Julie
Floods of Fear Elizabeth Matthews
Upstairs and Downstairs Kate
1960 Carthage in Flames Fulvia
A Terrible Beauty Neeve Donnelly
1961 Petticoat Pirates Chief Officer Anne Stevens
1962 The Very Edge Tracey Lawrence
Stork Talk Lisa Vernon
The Brain Anna Holt
1965 Ninety Degrees in the Shade Alena
1967 The Fox Ellen March Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1969 The Lady of Monza Virginia de Leyva Also known as The Awful Story of the Nun of Monza
Midas Run Sylvia Giroux
The Chairman Kay Hanna
1972 Scenes from a Murder Eleanor Loraine
I Want What I Want Roy/Wendy
1973 The Nun and the Devil Mother Giulia
Trader Horn Nicole Mercer
1974 Love Under the Elms Entered into the 25th Berlin International Film Festival
1979 Ring of Darkness (it) Carlotta Rhodes Also known as Satan's Wife
Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff Evelyn Wyckoff
1984 What Waits Below Frieda Shelley


  1. ^ Sterritt, David. "The Fox". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 

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