Dawn Addams

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Dawn Addams
Alan Young Dawn Addams 1953.JPG
Addams with Alan Young in the television show Time to Smile, 1953.
Born Victoria Dawn Addams
(1930-09-21)21 September 1930
Felixstowe, Suffolk, England, U.K.
Died 7 May 1985(1985-05-07) (aged 54)
London, England, U.K.
Cause of death cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1951–83
Spouse(s) Don Vittorio Emanuele Massimo, Prince of Roccasecca (m. 1954–71)
Jimmy White (1974–1985) (her death)
Children Prince Stefano Massimo (b. 1955)
Noel Shawn Patrick Addams (1966-1966)[1]

Dawn Addams (21 September 1930 – 7 May 1985) was an English actress, particularly in Hollywood motion pictures of the 1950s and on British television in the 1960s and 1970s.

Life and career[edit]

She was born Victoria Dawn Addams in Felixstowe, Suffolk, England, the daughter of Ethel Mary (née Hickie) and Captain James Ramage Addams.[2] Her mother died when she was young, and she spent her early life in Calcutta, India.

Her heart-shaped face and beautiful physique soon attracted the attention of talent agents. Her film career began with a role in Night into Morning (1951), and she soon co-starred with Peter Lawford in The Hour of 13 (1952). She then appeared in a small role in The Moon is Blue (1953), the film which helped end the system of censorship of Hollywood films which had been in place since 1934. She also embarked on a USO tour the same year to help entertain troops in Korea, followed by a small but heavily publicised role as Richard Carlson's model girlfriend in the science fiction film Riders to the Stars (1954). Another performance was as the female lead opposite actor-director-filmmaker legend Charlie Chaplin in his final comedy to star himself, A King in New York (1957). During the 1960s and 1970s, she appeared mainly in British TV shows and French films.

She was a semi-regular on the instructional series En France (1962) and the leading lady in several episodes of The Saint (1962–69), which starred Roger Moore as Simon Templar. Among her last film credits were two British horror films, The Vampire Lovers (1970) and The Vault of Horror (1973), and she was also a regular in the British sitcom Father, Dear Father (1971–1973). One of her last television roles was in the science fiction serial Star Maidens (1977). Addams retired in the early 1980s, dividing her remaining years between Europe and the United States.

She first married Don Vittorio Emanuele Massimo, Prince of Roccasecca in 1954.[3] They had a son, Prince Stefano Massimo, born 10 January 1955. However, they separated four years later, though they did not formally divorce until 1971.

Addams died in 1985 at age 54, reportedly from cancer.[3] She had been a heavy smoker. She was survived by her husband Jimmy White (September 1974 – 1985) and her son.

Partial filmography[edit]



  • Sherlock Holmes series in "The Case of the Careless Suffragette" (aired 28 Feb 1955)
  • The Saint Season 2, episode 1 (The Fellow Traveller-9/19/1963) as Magda Varnoff, Season 2, episode 20 (The Lawless Lady-1/30/1964) as Audrey & Season 5, episode 1 (The Queen's Ransom-9/30/1966) as Queen Adana.
  • Danger Man series 2, episode 8 – "The Battle of the Cameras" (aired UK 1 December 1964), as Martine, working for Mr Kent esq. Additionally, she appeared in Season 2 Episode 6 "Fish on the Hook".
  • A Room in Town[1] Sept 1970. With George Cole and Pauline Yates
  • Father, Dear Father (1971–1973)


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