Kay Hammond

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Kay Hammond
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Dorothy Katherine Standing

(1909-02-18)18 February 1909
London, England
Died4 May 1980(1980-05-04) (aged 71)
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Arts
Years active1927–1961
Spouse(s)Sir Ronald Leon 3rd Bt (m.1932–div.1946)
Sir John Clements (m.1946)
Children2, including John Standing
Parent(s)Guy Standing
Dorothy Hammond
RelativesJoan 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).[1] 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.[citation needed]


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.

She appeared as a guest of Roy Plomley on Desert Island Discs on 25 February 1951.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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.


Kay Hammond died in Brighton, aged 71, from undisclosed causes, on 4 May 1980.[3] She was cremated and her ashes scattered in the memorial garden at Downs Crematorium, Brighton, East Sussex[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1930 Children of Chance Joyce
1931 Fascination Kay
1931 A Night in Montmartre Margot
1931 Almost a Divorce Maisie
1931 Carnival Helen
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 Bitter Sweet Gussi
1933 Sleeping Car Simone
1933 Britannia of Billingsgate Pearl Bolton
1933 The Umbrella Mabel
1934 Bypass to Happiness Dinah
1936 Two on a Doorstep Jill Day
1941 Jeannie Margaret
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[edit]


  1. ^ University of Kent: Theatre collections
  2. ^ "Desert Island Discs". BBC Radio 4. BBC. 28 February 1951. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b 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.
  • Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies - John Walker (editor), 14th edition, 2001, ISBN 0-06-093507-3

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