Kay Hammond

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Kay Hammond
Actress Kay Hammond.jpg
Born Dorothy Katherine Standing
(1909-02-18)18 February 1909
London, England
Died 4 May 1980(1980-05-04) (aged 71)
Brighton, East Sussex, England
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 1927-1961
Spouse(s) Sir Ronald Leon 3rd Bt (19??–1946) divorced
Sir John Clements (1946–1980; her death)
Children John Standing

Dorothy Katherine Standing, Lady Clements (18 February 1909 – 4 May 1980), better known under the stage name Kay Hammond, was an English stage and film actress.


She was born in London, England as Dorothy Katherine Standing, the daughter of Sir Guy Standing and his wife, Dorothy. 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.

Personal life[edit]

Hammond's first husband was baronet Sir Ronald George Leon. Their son is John Leon (the actor John Standing). Her second husband was the stage actor Sir John Clements.


Kay Hammond died in Brighton, aged 71, from undisclosed causes, on 4 May 1980.

Selected filmography[edit]


  • Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies - John Walker (editor), 14th edition, 2001, ISBN 0-06-093507-3

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