Heather Angel (actress)
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from the trailer for the film Cry 'Havoc' (1943)
|Born||Heather Grace Angel
9 February 1909
Headington, Oxford, England, UK
|Died||13 December 1986
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Spouse(s)||Henry Wilcoxon (divorced)
Ralph Forbes (m. 1934–41)
Robert B. Sinclair (m. 1944–70) (his death)
Heather Grace Angel (9 February 1909 – 13 December 1986) was a British-American actress. She filed a Petition for Naturalization as a citizen of the United States (#120988) in 1944.
Life and career
Angel was born in Headington, Oxford, England, and was brought up on a farm near Banbury. Her father was killed in the Silvertown explosion in 1917 and posthumously awarded the Edward Medal (First Class).
She began her stage career at the Old Vic in 1926 and later appeared with touring companies. She 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). She later played a continuing role in the television soap opera Peyton Place from 1964 until 1965. After that role, she played Miss Faversham, a nanny and a female friend of Sebastian Cabot's character of Giles French in the situation comedy Family Affair.
Angel was married to Robert B. Sinclair (1905–1970), a film and television director. On 4 January 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.
Heather Angel has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for her contributions to film, at 6312 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 (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. 28 July 1940. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
- Profile, ancestry.com; accessed 25 September 2015.
- "Minute Biographies - Heather Angel". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 30 October 1933. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
- "Heather Angel, 77, Is Dead; Acted in More Than 60 Films". The New York Times. 16 December 1986. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
- "RETIRED DIRECTOR IS SLAIN ON COAST; Robert Sinclair Is Stabbed in Home Suspect Held". The New York Times. 5 January 1970. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
- Profile, findagrave.com; accessed 25 September 2015.
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- Heather Angel at Find a Grave