Brenda de Banzie
|Brenda Doreen Mignon de Banzie|
Brenda de Banzie in a 1956 publicity portrait
28 July 1909|
Manchester, Lancashire, England
|Died||5 March 1981
Haywards Heath, Sussex, England
|Spouse(s)||Alexander Marsh (1934–1981; her death)|
She was the daughter of Edward Thomas de Banzie, conductor and musical director, and his second wife Dorothy (née Lancaster), whom he married in 1908. In 1911, the family lived in Salford, Lancashire.
She appeared as Maggie Hobson in the David Lean film version of Hobson's Choice (1954) with John Mills and Charles Laughton, set in Salford. Laughton allegedly didn't like de Banzie because she wasn't getting 'her part right'. De Banzie was also upstaging Laughton who was, by all accounts, a notorious upstager himself.
Her most notable film role was as Phoebe Rice, the hapless wife of comedian Archie Rice (played by Laurence Olivier), in the 1960 film version of John Osborne's The Entertainer. She had also appeared on Broadway in the original play, for which she received a Tony Award nomination.
She died at the age of 71 due to complications following brain surgery.
- The Long Dark Hall (1951) - Mrs. Rogers
- I Believe in You (1952) - Mrs. Hooker
- Private Information (1952) - Dolly
- Never Look Back (1952) - Molly Wheeler
- The Yellow Balloon (1953) - Fruit Stall Customer (uncredited)
- A Day to Remember (1953) - Mrs. Collins
- Don't Blame the Stork (1954) - Evelyn Steele
- Hobson's Choice (1954) - Maggie Hobson
- What Every Woman Wants (1954) - Sarah
- The Purple Plain (1954) - Miss McNab
- The Happiness of Three Women (1954) - Jane Price
- As Long as They're Happy (1955) - Stella Bentley
- A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) - 'Lady' Ruby
- Doctor at Sea (1955) - Muriel Mallet
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) - Lucy Drayton
- House of Secrets (1956) - Mme. Isabella Ballu
- Passport to Shame (1958) - Aggie
- Too Many Crooks (1959) - Lucy
- The 39 Steps (1959) - Nellie Lumsden
- The Entertainer (1960) - Phoebe Rice
- The Mark (1961) - Gertrude Cartwright
- Flame in the Streets (1961) - Nell Palmer
- Come September (1961) - Margaret Allison
- A Pair of Briefs (1962) - Gladys Worthing
- I Thank a Fool (1962) - Nurse Drew
- The Pink Panther (1963) - Angela Dunning
- Pretty Polly (1967) - Mrs. Innes-Hook
- "Birth index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
- "Brenda de Banzie, 65; Film and Stage Actress". New York Times (10 March 1981). Retrieved 11 April 2011.
- "Marriage index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
- Phillips, Gene (2006). Beyond the epic; the life and films of David Lean. Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-8131-2415-5.
- Whitty, Stephen (2016). The Alfred Hitchcock encylopaedia. Maryland: Rownham & littlefield. p. 89. ISBN 9781442251595.
- Brenda de Banzie on IMDb
- Brenda de Banzie at the Internet Broadway Database
- Brenda de Banzie at Find a Grave
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