Jennifer Kendal

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Jennifer Kapoor
Jennifer Kendal, in 36 Chowringee Lane (1981).jpg
As Miss Violet Stoneham in 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)
Born Jennifer Kendal
(1933-02-28)28 February 1933
Southport, Lancashire, England
Died 7 September 1984(1984-09-07) (aged 51)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Shashi Kapoor
(m. 1958-1984, her death)
Children Sanjana Kapoor
Kunal Kapoor (actor)
Karan Kapoor
Relatives Prithviraj Kapoor (Father-in-law)
Ramsarni Kapoor (Mother-in-law)
See Kapoor family

Jennifer Kapoor (née Kendal, 28 February 1933 – 7 September 1984) was an English actress.


Jennifer Kendal was born in Southport, England, but spent much of her youth in India. She and younger sister Felicity Kendal were born to Geoffrey Kendal and Laura Liddell, who ran a travelling theatre company, "Shakespeareana",[1] which traveled around India as depicted in the book and film, Shakespeare Wallah (in which Kendal appeared, uncredited, and which starred her husband Shashi Kapoor, her parents and her sister).

Shashi Kapoor[edit]

Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer met for the first time in Calcutta, in 1956, where he was part of the Prithvi Theatre company, while she was playing Miranda in the play The Tempest, as part of Shakespeareana.[2] Soon, Shashi Kapoor started touring with the Shakespeareana Company,[3] and they married in July 1958. Kendal and her husband were also instrumental in the rejuvenation of Prithvi Theatre in Bombay, with the opening of their theatre in the Juhu area of the city in 1978.[4] Kendal and Kapoor also starred in a number of films together, particularly those produced by Merchant Ivory Productions. Their first joint starring roles were in Bombay Talkie (1970), which was also one of the earlier films produced by Merchant Ivory.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

The Kapoors had three children: sons Kunal Kapoor and Karan Kapoor, and a daughter Sanjana Kapoor, all erstwhile Bollywood actors.

She was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 1982 and died of the disease in 1984.[5]


Costume Design[edit]



  1. ^ Jennifer Kendal - Biography and images
  2. ^ A question of pedigree The Hindu, 6 September 2004.
  3. ^ Jennifer Biography
  4. ^ "Prithvi, pioneer in theatre". The Hindu. Nov 7, 2003. 
  5. ^ Piers Morgan's Life Stories, 19 October 2012
  6. ^ Jennifer Kapoor - Filmography New York Times
  7. ^ Bafta Awards Nominations 1982 British Academy Film Awards official website.

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