|Born||26 February 1917
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Died||1 December 1990
Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
|Other names||Carla Hillerns Lehmann
Carla Hillerns Townsend
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Lehmann was the youngest of the five children of Dr Julius Lehmann and Elsa Hillerns. She was educated at Riverbend School (now Balmoral Hall), where she edited the school newspaper, and from the age of fifteen appeared at the Little Theatre, Winnipeg. Gaining a place to train for an acting career at RADA in London, she then joined the Croydon Repertory Company for a year before first appearing in the West End. During the Second World War she starred in war films opposite Stewart Granger and James Mason.
Lehmann spent most of her adult life living in England. In 1941 she married George Anderson McDowell Elliot, a former Royal Marine officer recently commissioned into the Royal Army Service Corps, but they later divorced. In 1947 she married secondly John R. Townsend, an insurance broker, in Westminster, and they had three sons, John Anthony (born 1948), Nicholas (born 1949), and Alain (1954). She died in Berkshire in 1990.
- Sailors Three (1940)
- Once a Crook (1941)
- Cottage to Let (1941)
- Secret Mission (1942)
- Flying Fortress (1942)
- Talk About Jacqueline (1942)
- Candlelight in Algeria (1944)
- 29 Acacia Avenue (1945)
- Fame Is the Spur (1947)
- Profile, ftvdb.bfi.org.uk; accessed 12 September 2015.
- Carla Lehmann: From Winnipeg Little Theatre to London's Stage UPDATE, accessed 3 October 2016
- Register of Marriages for Surrey South West, volume 2a, p. 1633.
- The London Gazette dated 10 May 1940 (Supplement), p. 2795
- Register of Marriages for Westminster, volume 5c, p. 736
- Register of Births for Ealing registration district: Jan-Mar 1948, volume 5e, p. 201; July-Sept 1949, volume 5e, p. 152; April-June 1954, volume 5e, p. 151
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