Elizabeth Inglis

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Elizabeth Inglis
Born Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins
(1913-07-10)July 10, 1913
Colchester, Essex, England
Died August 25, 2007(2007-08-25) (aged 94)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1934-1986
Spouse(s) Sylvester "Pat" Weaver (m. 1942–2002) (his death)
Children Trajan Victor Charles Weaver (b. 1945)[1]
Sigourney Weaver

Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins[2] (10 July 1913 – 25 August 2007), known professionally as Elizabeth Inglis and earlier as Elizabeth Earl, was an English actress, known for her role in The Letter, opposite Bette Davis.

Life and career[edit]

Inglis was born in Colchester, Essex, the daughter of Margaret Inglis (née Hunt) and Alan George Hawkins. Her screen debut was in the 1934 film, Borrowed Clothes. She then had a small part in The 39 Steps (1935) as Hilary Jordan. She appeared in the 1939 British telefilm version of Gaslight before taking on the role of Adele Ainsworth in The Letter in 1940, which marked the zenith of her film career. By this time she was appearing under the pseudonym/stage name Elizabeth Earl.[citation needed]


In 1942, she married Sylvester "Pat" Weaver, an American radio advertising executive.[citation needed] He was president of NBC television between 1953 and 1955. He is credited with helping to reshape broadcasting during the 1940s and '50s as television overtook radio as America's dominant form of home entertainment.


After marrying Weaver, Inglis retired from acting altogether. The couple had two children, one of whom, Susan, became actress Sigourney Weaver. A photograph of Inglis was seen in a deleted scene in Aliens as Weaver's character's elderly grown daughter, Amanda Ripley.[3]


Inglis died on 25 August 2007, in Santa Barbara, California, aged 94. She was the last known surviving member of the cast from The 39 Steps.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1934 Borrowed Clothes Barbara
1935 The 39 Steps Pat, Professor Jordan's Daughter Uncredited
1937 Landslide Vera Grant
1937 Thunder in the City Dolly
1937 Museum Mystery Ruth Carter
1939 Gas Light Television film
1940 My Love Came Back Party Guest Uncredited
1940 River's End Linda Conniston
1940 The Letter Adele Ainsworth
1945 Tonight and Every Night Joan Uncredited
1986 Aliens Amanda Ripley Likeness was used in the Special Edition of Aliens


  1. ^ http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/203050%7C0/Sigourney-Weaver/family.html
  2. ^ Notice of death of Elizabeth Inglis, latimes.com, 7 September 2007; accessed 10 May 2015.
  3. ^ Ridley Scott, James Cameron, H. R. Giger, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett (2002). The Alien Saga (DVD). Prometheus Entertainment. 

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