Dorothy Katherine Standing
18 February 1909
|Died||4 May 1980 (aged 71)|
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts|
|Spouse(s)||Sir Ronald Leon 3rd Bt (m.1932–div.1946)|
Sir John Clements (m.1946)
|Children||2, including John Standing|
|Relatives||Joan Standing (cousin)|
Wyndham Standing (uncle)
Jack Standing (uncle)
Percy Standing (uncle)
Herbert Standing (grandfather)
Dorothy Katherine Standing, Lady Clements (18 February 1909 – 4 May 1980), known professionally as Kay Hammond, was an English stage and film actress.
Kay Hammond was born in London, England as Dorothy Katherine Standing, the daughter of Sir Guy Standing and his wife, Dorothy Hammond (Dorothy Plaskitt). Her grandfather was Herbert Standing (1846–1923) and her uncles were Wyndham, Percy and Jack Standing, as well as Herbert Standing Jr., father of Joan Standing.
She studied at RADA and first appeared on the London stage in 1927. Her most famous role was that of Elvira in Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, which she played in the original stage production. She reprised her role in the 1945 film version opposite Rex Harrison, Margaret Rutherford and Constance Cummings.
Hammond's first husband was baronet Sir Ronald George Leon. Their sons were John Ronald Leon (the actor John Standing) and Timothy George Leon. Her second husband was the stage actor Sir John Clements.
|1930||Children of Chance||Joyce|
|1931||A Night in Montmartre||Margot|
|1931||Almost a Divorce||Maisie|
|1931||Out of the Blue||Angela Tucker|
|1932||The Third String||Hebe Tucker|
|1932||A Night Like This||Mimi - Cocktail Shaker||uncredited|
|1932||Nine till Six||Beatrice|
|1932||Money Means Nothing||Angel|
|1932||Sally Bishop||Janet Hallard|
|1933||Yes, Madam||Pansy Beresford|
|1933||Britannia of Billingsgate||Pearl Bolton|
|1934||Bypass to Happiness||Dinah|
|1936||Two on a Doorstep||Jill Day|
|1945||Blithe Spirit||Elvira Condomine|
|1949||Call of the Blood||Dr. Anne Lester|
|1953||Henry V||Princess Katherine||TV movie|
|1961||Five Golden Hours||Martha||final film role|
Selected stage credits
- University of Kent: Theatre collections
- "Desert Island Discs". BBC Radio 4. BBC. 28 February 1951. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
- Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 313. ISBN 978-1-4766-2599-7.