Eleanor Summerfield

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Eleanor Summerfield
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Eleanor Audrey Summerfield

(1921-03-07)7 March 1921
St Pancras, London, England
Died13 July 2001(2001-07-13) (aged 80)
EducationRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1936–1983
Leonard Sachs
(m. 1947; his death 1990)
ChildrenRobin Sachs
Toby Sachs

Eleanor Audrey Summerfield (7 March 1921 – 13 July 2001) was an English actress who appeared in many plays, films and television series. She is known for her roles in Laughter in Paradise (1951), Final Appointment (1954), Odongo (1956), Dentist in the Chair (1960), On the Fiddle (1961), The Running Man (1963) and Some Will, Some Won't (1970).

Early life and career[edit]

She was born as Eleanor Audrey Summerfield in St Pancras, London on 7 March 1921.[1] Summerfield received her acting training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1937.

She made her screen debut in the 1946 television film A Phoenix Too Frequent, which was based on a play of the same name. Her first stage show was "Her Excellency" at the London Hippodrome in 1949. In the mid-1960s, Summerfield played P. G. Wodehouse's fictional character Aunt Dahlia on the black-and-white television series World of Wooster (1965–1967) aired on BBC One. Summerfield was also a regular member in the panel game Just a Minute and was a team member for the entire 15-year run of Many a Slip (1964–1979). During her career spanning nearly half a century, she also appeared in a number of films and television series.

Personal life and death[edit]

Summerfield was married to actor Leonard Sachs from 1947 until his death in 1990. They had two sons: Robin Sachs, who was also an actor, and Toby Sachs. She died in Westminster, London on 13 July 2001, aged 80.[2]



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