Heather Angel (actress)
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from the trailer for the film Cry 'Havoc' (1943)
|Born||Heather Grace Angel
February 9, 1909
Headington, Oxford, England, UK
|Died||December 13, 1986
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Spouse(s)||Ralph Forbes (m. 1934–41)
Robert B. Sinclair (m. 1944–70) (his death)
Angel was born in Headington, Oxford, England, and brought up on a farm near Banbury. She was the younger of two sisters. Her mother was born Mary Letitia Stock, and her father was Andrea Angel, an Oxford University chemistry lecturer who was killed in the Silvertown explosion in 1917 and posthumously awarded the Edward Medal (First Class).
Angel began her stage career at the Old Vic in 1926 and later appeared with touring companies. Her Broadway debut came in December 1937, in Love of Women at the Golden Theater. She also appeared in The Wookey (1941–42).
Angel appeared in many British films before going to Hollywood. She made her first screen appearance in City of Song. She later had a leading role in Night in Montmartre (1931), and followed this success with The Hound of the Baskervilles (1932). Over the next few years, she played strong roles in such films as The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935), The Three Musketeers (1935), The Informer (1935) and The Last of the Mohicans (1936).
In 1937 she made the first of five appearances as Phyllis Clavering in the popular Bulldog Drummond series. She was cast as Kitty Bennett in Pride and Prejudice (1940) and as the maid, Ethel, in Suspicion (1941). Angel was also the leading lady in the first screen version of Raymond Chandler's The High Window, released in 1942 as Time to Kill. She was one of the passengers of Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944). Her film appearances in the following years were few, but she returned to Hollywood to provide voices for the Walt Disney animated films Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Peter Pan (1953). From 1964 until 1965, she played a continuing role in the television soap opera Peyton Place. After that role, she played Miss Faversham, a nanny and female friend of Sebastian Cabot's character of Giles French in the situation comedy Family Affair.
Heather Angel married actor Ralph Forbes in 1934. Angel had acted with Henry Wilcoxon in Self Made Lady (1932) when they were both in England, so when that year she had heard Wilcoxon was also in Hollywood, she contacted him again. She immediately invited him to polo matches at the home of Will Rogers, and she taught him horse-riding, and they later acted together in two other films: The Last of the Mohicans (1936) and Lady Hamilton (1941). Though they remained lifelong friends, they never married. Heather and her husband Ralph were both present at the wedding of Wilcoxon to his first wife Sheila Browning and had wanted the wedding to be at their house in Coldwater Canyon.
Angel was married to Robert B. Sinclair (1905–1970), a film and television director. On January 4, 1970, an intruder broke into their home; when Sinclair attempted to protect Angel, the intruder killed Sinclair in Angel's presence, then fled. The incident is believed to have been a failed burglary.
Angel has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for her contributions to film, at 6312 Hollywood Boulevard. Another source says that her star in the motion picture category is at 6301 Hollywood Boulevard.
- City of Song (1931)
- Night in Montmartre (1931)
- Frail Women (1932)
- Men of Steel (1932)
- After Office Hours (1932)
- The Hound of the Baskervilles (1932)
- Self Made Lady (1932)
- Mr. Bill the Conqueror (1932)
- Early to Bed (1933)
- Pilgrimage (1933)
- Berkeley Square (1933)
- Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933)
- Murder in Trinidad (1934)
- Orient Express (1934)
- Springtime for Henry (1934)
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935)
- The Informer (1935)
- The Headline Woman (1935)
- The Imperfect Lady (1935)
- The Three Musketeers (1935)
- Daniel Boone (1936)
- The Last of the Mohicans (1936)
- The Bold Caballero (1936)
- Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937)
- Western Gold (1937)
- Portia on Trial (1937)
- Army Girl (1938)
- Bulldog Drummond in Africa (1938)
- Arrest Bulldog Drummond (1939)
- Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939)
- Bulldog Drummond's Bride (1939)
- Half a Sinner (1940)
- Pride and Prejudice (1940)
- That Hamilton Woman (aka Lady Hamilton) (1941)
- Suspicion (1941)
- The Undying Monster (1942)
- Time to Kill (1942)
- Cry 'Havoc' (1943)
- Lifeboat (1944)
- In the Meantime, Darling (1944)
- The Saxon Charm (1948)
- Alice in Wonderland (1951) (voice)
- Peter Pan (1953) (voice)
- The Premature Burial (1962)
- Gone with the West (1975)
- "Four Stars in Color". Chicago Tribune. July 28, 1940. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
- Profile, ancestry.com; accessed September 25, 2015.
- "Minute Biographies - Heather Angel". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. October 30, 1933. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
- "Stage News". New York, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 7, 1937. p. 9.
- "Heather Angel". Playbill Vault. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
- "Heather Angel, 77, Is Dead; Acted in More Than 60 Films". The New York Times. December 16, 1986. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
- Katherine Orrison and Henry Wilcoxon: Lionheart in Hollywood, p.72
- "RETIRED DIRECTOR IS SLAIN ON COAST; Robert Sinclair Is Stabbed in Home Suspect Held". The New York Times. January 5, 1970. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
- "Heather Angel". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
- Profile, findagrave.com; accessed September 25, 2015.
- Wilcoxon, Henry; Orrison, Katherine (1991). Lionheart in Hollywood: the autobiography of Henry Wilcoxon. Metuchen, NJ and London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. ISBN 0-8108-2476-0.
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