Thora Janette Scott
14 December 1938
|Years active||1942–1967, 1997|
|Children||2 including James Tormé|
|Parent(s)||James Scott |
Thora Janette Scott (born 14 December 1938) is a retired English actress.
Life and career
Scott was born in Morecambe, Lancashire, England. She is the daughter of actors Jimmy Scott and Thora Hird and began her acting career as a child actress known as Janette Scott. Scott was briefly (along with Jennifer Gay) one of the so-called "Children's Announcers" providing continuity links for the BBC's children's TV programmes from the Lime Grove Studios in the early 1950s.
She became a popular leading lady, one of her best-known roles being April Smith in the film School for Scoundrels (1960), based on the "one-upmanship" books by Stephen Potter, in which Ian Carmichael and Terry-Thomas competed for her attention. Some scenes for School for Scoundrels were shot at a private members club before its current incarnation as a hotel. The hotel hosted a screening in 2016 with Janette Scott attending and answering questions about filming School For Scoundrels.
Scott's highest profile as a leading lady in British films was from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, having over a dozen leading roles during this period. She was the female lead opposite some major stars of the time, including Terry-Thomas, Ian Carmichael, Ronald Lewis, Ian Hendry and George Chakiris. She proved adept in a wide variety of genres, including comedy, romantic drama, sci-fi thriller, and period adventure. She gave up her career upon marrying second husband Mel Tormé.
She is referenced by name in the song "Science Fiction/Double Feature", the opening number from The Rocky Horror Show and its film version The Rocky Horror Picture Show (performed over the opening credits), for her participation in the 1962 film The Day of the Triffids.
She has been married three times:
- Jackie Rae (27 June 1959 – 1965), divorced
- Mel Tormé (20 May 1966 – 1977), divorced; 2 children, including son James Tormé
- William Rademaekers (since 1981)
|1942||Went the Day Well?||Child|
|1943||The Lamp Still Burns|
|1944||Two Thousand Women||Mrs. Burtshaw's Daughter on Mother's Lap|
|1944||The Gay Intruders|
|1950||No Place for Jennifer||Jennifer|
|1951||The Galloping Major||Susan Hill|
|1951||No Highway in the Sky||Elspeth Honey|
|1951||The Magic Box||Ethel Friese-Greene|
|1953||Background||Jess Lomax||AKA, Edge of Divorce|
|1955||As Long as They're Happy||Gwen Bentley|
|1956||Helen of Troy||Cassandra|
|1956||Now and Forever||Janette Grant|
|1957||The Good Companions||Susie Dean|
|1958||Happy Is the Bride||Janet Royd|
|1959||The Lady Is a Square||Joanna Baring|
|1959||The Devil's Disciple||Judith Anderson|
|1960||School for Scoundrels||April Smith|
|1961||His and Hers||Fran Blake|
|1962||Two and Two Make Six||Irene|
|1963||The Day of the Triffids||Karen Goodwin|
|1963||Siege of the Saxons||Katherine|
|1963||The Old Dark House||Cecily Femm|
|1964||The Beauty Jungle||Shirley Freeman|
|1965||Crack in the World||Dr. Maggie Sorenson|
|1954||The Dashing White Sergeant||Fione Cuningham||TV film|
|1957||Sunday Night Theatre||Judy||Episode: "The Girl at the Next Table"|
|1958||Armchair Theatre||Maeve McHugh||Episode: "A Man's Woman"|
|1960||BBC Sunday-Night Play||Kitty Tape||Episode: "20th Century Theatre: The Queen Came By"|
|1965||Burke's Law||Jennifer Robbins||Episode: "Password to Death"|
|1997||Last of the Summer Wine||Cameo||Episode: "There Goes the Groom"|
- "Janette Scott".
- Cotter, Robert Michael “Bobb” (2013). The Women of Hammer Horror: A Biographical Dictionary and Filmography. McFarland. p. 166. ISBN 9781476602011. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
- "School for Scoundrels (1960) - Robert Hamer - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". AllMovie.
- "Happy Birthday Janette Scott!". Art & Hue. 14 December 2017.
- "Janette Scott - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie.
- Act one: an autobiography with portraits OCLC 504447646