Dorothy Hyson

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Dorothy Hyson
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Born Dorothy Wardell Heisen
(1914-12-24)December 24, 1914
Chicago, Illinois,
United States
Died May 23, 1996(1996-05-23) (aged 81)
London, England
Other names Lady Quayle
Occupation Stage actress
Spouse(s) Robert Douglas,
Sir Anthony Quayle

Dorothy Hyson, Lady Quayle (December 24, 1914 – May 23, 1996) was an American film and stage actress, born Dorothy Wardell Heisen in Chicago, Illinois.[1] She was the daughter of actress Dorothy Dickson and matinée idol Carl Hyson (né Heisen). She led a successful stage career.[2]

She was married twice:

She worked at the secret codebreaking establishment Bletchley Park during World War II,[5] and though married to Robert Douglas was visited there by her (later) second husband Anthony Quayle. Quayle recalled that:

She had gone to work as a cryptographer at Bletchley Park. I went to see her there and found her ill and exhausted with the long night shifts.

She was a byword for theatrical West End glamour and after the war returned to the West End, joining John Gielgud’s Haymarket Company in 1945.[6] She married Quayle in 1947 after divorcing Douglas, and soon after retired from the stage to concentrate on bringing up their children.[7]

She was widowed in 1989 and died from a stroke on May 23, 1996, in England, a year after the death of her mother, who died at age 102.[8]

It is not known whether she ever relinquished her American citizenship and/or became a British subject.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Dorothy Hyson". BFI. 
  2. ^ Sandra Brennan. "Dorothy Hyson - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie. 
  3. ^ Adam Benedick (24 May 1996). "Obituary: Dorothy Hyson". The Independent. 
  4. ^ "Sir Anthony Quayle, British Actor And Theater Director, Dies at 76". The New York Times. 21 October 1989. 
  5. ^ "How Alan Turing's secret papers were saved for the nation". 30 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde". 
  7. ^ McKay, Sinclair The Secret Life of Bletchley Park (2010, Aurum Press, London) pp7,72,306 ISBN 978 1 84513539 3
  8. ^ "Dorothy Hyson, 81, Actress in Britain". The New York Times. 28 May 1996. 

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