Jennifer Kendal

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Jennifer Kendal Kapoor
Kendal in the film Junoon (1978)
Jennifer Kendal

(1934-02-28)28 February 1934
Died7 September 1984(1984-09-07) (aged 50)
London, England
(m. 1958)
ChildrenKunal Kapoor
Karan Kapoor
Sanjana Kapoor
Parent(s)Geoffrey Kendal
Laura Liddell
RelativesFelicity Kendal (sister)
See also Kapoor family

Jennifer Kendal (28 February 1934 – 7 September 1984)[1] was an English actress and the founder of the Prithvi Theatre. She was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the film 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981). Her other film appearances included Bombay Talkie (1970), Junoon (1978), Heat and Dust (1983), and Ghare Baire (1984).


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", which travelled around India as depicted in the book and film, Shakespeare Wallah (1965) in which Kendal appeared, uncredited, and which starred her husband Shashi Kapoor, her parents and her sister.[2]

Work and Shashi Kapoor[edit]

Shashi Kapoor and Kendal 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.[3] Soon, Shashi Kapoor also began to tour with the Shakespeareana Company,[4] and the couple married in July 1958. Kendal and her husband were also instrumental in the rejuvenation of Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai, with the opening of their theatre in the Juhu area of the city in 1978.[5] 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 daughter Sanjana Kapoor; all are former Bollywood actors.[6]

She was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in 1982 and died of the disease in 1984.[7]


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  1. ^ "Jennifer Kendal". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 13 December 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  2. ^ "The wandering players".
  3. ^ A question of pedigree[usurped] The Hindu, 6 September 2004.
  4. ^ Jennifer Biography
  5. ^ "Prithvi, pioneer in theatre". The Hindu. 7 November 2003. Archived from the original on 1 January 2004.
  6. ^ Meet the Kapoors, Network 18.
  7. ^ Piers Morgan's Life Stories, 19 October 2012
  8. ^ Jennifer Kapoor – Filmography The New York Times
  9. ^ Bafta Awards Nominations 1982 British Academy Film Awards official website.

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